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Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Updated: December 12, 9:17 AM ET
Semifinals: USC vs. LSU

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Location: Tempe (Site of Tostitos Fiesta Bowl)
Latest Line: USC by 3

(3) USC Trojans (2) LSU Tigers
Deserve to be in the national title game? Prove it against a team that took their spot in the Sugar Bowl. The Trojans' schedule was underrated? Prove it against a team which had a tougher strength-of-schedule.
If a 24-percent margin can be called "squeaking by," the Tigers just got by hard-charging K-State. Now it's the national title game most fans wanted to see -- as a semifinal.