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Colin Cowherd Says USC Is A Top-4 College Football Program

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Fox Sports pundit Colin Cowherd thinks USC is a top-four college football program in America.

Cowherd broke down teams into tiers during his show Tuesday, and he had Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma and USC in tier one. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

You can listen to his logic below.

Let me start by saying that I like Colin Cowherd. I really do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again to make sure there’s no confusion.

He’s one of the best guys on TV, and I watch “The Herd” regularly. So, don’t take what I’m about to say as me being anti-Cowherd.

That’s not the case at all. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Having said that, USC being a top-four program in America in the year 2020 is just laughable. When was the last time the Trojans were relevant?

He admits they haven’t been great for a few years, but I’ll take it a step further. The Trojans haven’t sniffed a national title since Pete Carroll left for the Seahawks.

How can you be a top-four program in America if you haven’t been relevant since I was in high school?

To make matters worse, from 1980 through 2001, the Trojans had one 10-win season! They had one! Yes, they had a great run under Pete Carroll with Reggie Bush before he dipped, but we seem to be forgetting what happened before Carroll and what happened afterwards.

The Trojans are certainly a top-15 program in America, even after being in decline for years. However, you’d have to be high as a kite to think they’re on the same level as Ohio State and Alabama at this point in time.

Time has a way of changing things, and time has removed USC from the rarified air of elite teams. Will USC always be a prestigious program? Yes. Are they among the best at this point in time? Not even close.