Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?
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    Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Both defending national champions that lost in their respective national championship games.
    Miami, the defending national champion, went 12-1 losing to Ohio State in double overtime in controversial fashion (they got jobbed) in the national championship game. The Hurricanes had a 34-game winning streak end that night. Some of the Miamiís outstanding players were: Ken Dorsey, Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow, Jr., Jonathan Vilma, Vince Wilfork, and Sean Taylor.
    USC, the two-time defending national champion seeking an unprecedented third straight national championship, went 12-1 losing 41-38 to Texas in the national championship game in what many consider the greatest college football game of all-time. The Trojans had their 34-game winning streak end that night. USC had a pair of Heisman Trophy winners in their backfield in quarterback Matt Leinart and running back Reggie Bush. Some other outstanding players for the Trojans were: LenDale White, Steve Smith, Dwayne Jarrett, Darnell Bing, Sam Baker and Taitusi Lutui.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Taitusi Lutui.
    Did Taitusi Lutui have a nickname?

    I'd go w/USC.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Quote Originally Posted by dvldog View Post
    Did Taitusi Lutui have a nickname?

    I'd go w/USC.
    Not sure but he made All-American.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Probably USC. But they were both excellent teams. Probably the two best championship losers of the modern era along with 2016 Alabama.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Miami had better talent, but if we are talking about team, USCw.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    USC lost to a better team, but I think Miami was better overall. It would be close no matter what.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Quote Originally Posted by TideEngineer08 View Post
    USC lost to a better team

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Define "better."

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Quote Originally Posted by B1GTide View Post
    I know I know. Well itís close. I think Texas has a better offense. Ohio State a better defense. Vince Young was just so good.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Quote Originally Posted by dvldog View Post
    Did Taitusi Lutui have a nickname?

    I'd go w/USC.
    Actually his nickname was "Tiny" while being listed at 6'4" 330.

    If you're talking the USC team that blew out Oklahoma, I'd pick them over Miami 2002. If you're talking the 2005 USC team that lost to Texas, I'd pick Miami 2002. USC 2005 defense had a lot of talented but inexperienced players, and a poor Pac-10 conference that year covered up some of their lack of execution. For example, I think if Frostee Rucker played assignment football, and didn't bite so hard on the fake handoff from Vince Young, he tackles Young, and Texas might not win the game.
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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    Quote Originally Posted by uafan4life View Post
    Define "better."

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    Some think of it as which was more dominant others think of it what if they played against one another. Since they are only a few years apart, I think of it as both.

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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    USC won the 2004 title. That's it. They played in 2 BCS championship games during the days of the BCS - 2004 and 2005. They lost in 2005.

    And yes, technically that 2004 title was vacated.
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    Re: Which team was better? Miami 2002 or USC 2005?

    2002 Miami


    USC should have lost to Notre Dame and played quite poorly but won against Arizona St and Fresno.

    Miami was so good that them losing was a bit of a shock.
    I wasn't shocked at all when USC lost because I'd watched Texas play several games.

    As far as Miami and the pass interference, let's look at it another way: Miami had first and goal at the TWO......and failed to score. If you can't fall six feet, you don't deserve to win.
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