Jan. 2, 2003

USC returns to the forefront of college football with a 38-17 pounding of Iowa in the Orange Bowl behind quarterback Carson Palmer and standout safety Troy Polamalu. It is the Trojans' eighth straight victory as USC goes 11-2 and finishes No. 4 in the polls. Carroll draws coach of the year consideration. In short, it's the beginning of Carroll's dynasty. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)