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2000s
USC

USC roared back to life before Matt Leinart took over as starting quarterback at Auburn in the 2003 opener. Leinart's predecessor, Carson Palmer, won the 2002 Heisman. But the left-handed Leinart combined brains, accuracy and leadership in a way that made the Trojans all but invincible during his three years as starter. In 2003, the Trojans won the AP national championship. In 2004, Leinart won the Heisman and led USC to finish as an undisputed No. 1. And in 2005, his senior year, Leinart took the Trojans to the brink of another title, losing in the final minute to Texas in one of the most memorable Rose Bowls ever. Leinart finished his career with 10,693 passing yards. 99 touchdown passes and 16 school records. His record as a starter: 37-2.