The USC Trojans football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the University of Southern California in the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12). Since the establishment of the team in 1888, USC has appeared in 55 bowl games. The Trojans appeared in 34 Rose Bowls, winning 25, both records for the bowl.

Bowl games

List of bowl games
# Bowl Score Date Season Opponent Stadium Location Attendance Head coach
1 Rose Bowl W 14–3 January 1, 1923 1922 Penn State Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 43,000 Gus Henderson
2 Christmas Festival W 20–7 December 25, 1924 1924 Missouri Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, CA 47,000
3 Rose Bowl W 47–14 January 1, 1930 1929 Pittsburgh Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 72,000 Howard Jones
4 Rose Bowl W 21–12 January 1, 1932 1931 Tulane 75,562
5 Rose Bowl W 35–0 January 2, 1933 1932 Pittsburgh 78,874
6 Rose Bowl W 7–3 January 2, 1939 1938 Duke 89,452
7 Rose Bowl W 14–0 January 1, 1940 1939 Tennessee 92,000
8 Rose Bowl W 39–0 January 1, 1944 1943 Washington 68,000 Jeff Cravath
9 Rose Bowl W 25–0 January 1, 1945 1944 Tennessee 91,000
10 Rose Bowl L 14–34 January 1, 1946 1945 Alabama 93,000
11 Rose Bowl L 0–49 January 1, 1948 1947 Michigan 93,000
12 Rose Bowl W 7–0 January 1, 1953 1952 Wisconsin 101,500 Jess Hill
13 Rose Bowl L 7–20 January 1, 1955 1954 Ohio State 89,191
14 Rose Bowl W 42–37 January 1, 1963 1962 Wisconsin 98,698 John McKay
15 Rose Bowl L 13–14 January 2, 1967 1966 Purdue 100,807
16 Rose Bowl W 14–3 January 1, 1968 1967 Indiana 102,946
17 Rose Bowl L 16–27 January 1, 1969 1968 Ohio State 102,063
18 Rose Bowl W 10–3 January 1, 1970 1969 Michigan 103,878
19 Rose Bowl W 42–17 January 1, 1973 1972 Ohio State 106,869
20 Rose Bowl L 21–42 January 1, 1974 1973 Ohio State 105,267
21 Rose Bowl W 18–17 January 1, 1975 1974 Ohio State 106,721
22 Liberty Bowl W 20–0 December 22, 1975 1975 Texas A&M Memphis Memorial Stadium Memphis, TN 52,129
23 Rose Bowl W 14–6 January 1, 1977 1976 Michigan Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 106,182 John Robinson
24 Bluebonnet Bowl W 47–28 December 31, 1977 1977 Texas A&M Astrodome Houston, TX 52,842
25 Rose Bowl W 17–10 January 1, 1979 1978 Michigan Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 105,629
26 Rose Bowl W 17–16 January 1, 1980 1979 Ohio State 105,526
27 Fiesta Bowl L 10–26 January 1, 1982 1981 Penn State Sun Devil Stadium Tempe, AZ 71,053
28 Rose Bowl W 20–17 January 1, 1985 1984 Ohio State Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 102,594 Ted Tollner
29 Aloha Bowl L 3–24 December 28, 1985 1985 Alabama Aloha Stadium Honolulu, HI 35,183
30 Florida Citrus Bowl L 7–16 January 1, 1987 1986 Auburn Citrus Bowl Gainesville, FL 51,113
31 Rose Bowl L 20–17 January 1, 1988 1987 Michigan State Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 103,847 Larry Smith
32 Rose Bowl L 22–14 January 2, 1989 1988 Michigan 101,688
33 Rose Bowl W 17–10 January 1, 1990 1989 Michigan 103,450
34 Sun Bowl L 16–17 December 31, 1990 1990 Michigan State Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, TX 50,562
35 Freedom Bowl L 7–24 December 29, 1992 1992 Fresno State Anaheim Stadium Anaheim, CA 50,745
36 Freedom Bowl W 28–21 December 30, 1993 1993 Utah Anaheim Stadium Anaheim, CA 37,203 John Robinson
37 Cotton Bowl Classic W 55–14 January 2, 1995 1994 Texas Tech Cotton Bowl Dallas, TX 70,218
38 Rose Bowl W 41–32 January 1, 1996 1995 Northwestern Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 100,102
39 Sun Bowl L 19–28 December 31, 1998 1998 TCU Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, TX 46,612 Paul Hackett
40 Las Vegas Bowl L 6–10 December 25, 2001 2001 Utah Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV 22,385 Pete Carroll
41 Orange Bowl W 38–17 January 2, 2003 2002 Iowa Pro Player Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 75,971
42 Rose Bowl W 28–14 January 1, 2004 2003 Michigan Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 93,849
43 Orange Bowl
BCS National Championship Game
W 55–19 January 4, 2005 2004 Oklahoma Dolphin Stadium Miami Gardens, FL 77,912
44 Rose Bowl
BCS National Championship Game
L 38–41 January 4, 2006 2005 Texas Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 93,926
45 Rose Bowl W 32–18 January 1, 2007 2006 Michigan 93,852
46 Rose Bowl W 49–17 January 1, 2008 2007 Illinois 93,923
47 Rose Bowl W 38–24 January 1, 2009 2008 Penn State 93,293
48 Emerald Bowl W 24–13 December 26, 2009 2009 Boston College AT&T Park San Francisco, CA 40,121
49 Sun Bowl L 7–21 December 31, 2012 2012 Georgia Tech Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, TX 47,922 Lane Kiffin
50 Las Vegas Bowl W 45–20 December 21, 2013 2013 Fresno State Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV 42,178 Clay Helton
51 Holiday Bowl W 45–42 December 27, 2014 2014 Nebraska Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CA 55,789 Steve Sarkisian
52 Holiday Bowl L 21–23 December 30, 2015 2015 Wisconsin 48,329 Clay Helton
53 Rose Bowl W 52–49 January 2, 2017 2016 Penn State Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 95,128
54 Cotton Bowl Classic L 7–24 December 29, 2017 2017 Ohio State AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX 67,510
55 Holiday Bowl L 24–49 December 27, 2019 2019 Iowa SDCCU Stadium San Diego, CA 50,123
55 Cotton Bowl Classic L 45-46 January 3, 2023 2022 Tulane AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX 53,329 Lincoln Riley

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