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USC has 11 National Championships in men's football. Titles were won in 1928, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003, and 2004.

The following are the details of the various Championship seasons:

1928 (9-0-1)

Win based on Dickinson System, a points system used from 1926-1940. According to the NCAA Football Records Book, the Dickinson System was accepted as a "major selector."

1931 (10-1)

Win based on Dickinson System and a panel of experts from the Helms Athletic Foundation. The Foundation selected national champions and all-America team selections on College Basketball and football. Also noticed by the NCF (National Championship Foundation), which predated national champions from 1869-1979; and the FBR or CFRA (College Football Researche! rs Association), which determined champions by a Top 10 vote on a point system and predated national champions from 1919-1981.

1932 (10-0)

Win based on the Helms Athletic Foundation. Also selected by the NCF and CFRA.

1939 (8-0-2)

Win based on Dickinson System.

1962 (11-0)

Win based on AP Poll, the weekly ranking of the Top 25 NCAA football team as voted on sportswriters. Also crowned by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), whose All-America Team is officially recognized by the NCAA; the National Football Foundation (NFF), which operates the College Football Hall of Fame; and the United Press International (UPI), a news agency which at the time conducted a poll of college coaches to decide the champion.

1967 (10-1)

Unanimous National Championship. AP & UPI Polls. Also chosen by FWAA & NFF.

1972 (12-0)

Unanimous National Championship. AP & UPI Polls. Also chosen by FWAA & NFF.

1974 (10-1-1)

National Champions in UPI Poll. Also chosen by FWAA & NFF.

1978 (12-1)

National Champions in UPI Poll. Also chosen by FWAA & NFF.

2003 (12-1)

Split National Championship. USC was named National Champions in the AP Poll, and FWAA selection. LSU was named National Champions by the BCS.

2004 (13-0)

Unanimous National Championship. BCS title game and AP Polls.

There continues to be a ridiculous answer offered by an individual who wants to claim that no National Championships were won in Men's 1A college football prior to 1998 and the BCS. It's such a spurious and specious claim that it's actually funny to read, so we will leave it up here for addled minds to enjoy (see below, it's a laugh).

For the rest of us who are well aware that college football was played, and championships were won, for more than 100 years prior to the BSC system, the facts listed above will answer the question.

Here's the ridiculous answer though, where the person said only "one", only counting BCS victories. It's so stupid that it's funny. Ok, for your amusement...

One. For the 2004 season. Note, there was a long discussion here, featuring answers from several different contributors, but at least one person has decided that, rather than allow discussion, he would just delete everyone else's contributions and post his own (incorrect) answer. That person, and others, believe that USC has won more than one football championship (anywhere from 6 to 11, depending on how you count them). They are wrong. Here's why.

Prior to the 1998 season, Division I-A football national championships were not won at all. They were awarded, by several polling organizations, such as the AP. There were bowl games matching up teams between conferences, but no attempt to match up the best two teams in the country. So, all those years USC supposedly "won" a national championship, they only did so because they beat some punk Big 10 team in the Rose bowl, and a bunch of sports reporters voted them number one. Worse, prior to 1975, the AP awarded its national championship before the bowl games were even played. So back then, USC could even lose to a punk Big 10 team in the Rose bowl and stillbe awarded a national championship.

Then the BCS was established for the 1998 season. And with it, a "national championship game" was held, every year, to determine the Division I-A champion. For the first time ever, the two best teams in the country had to play each other, head to head, to determine who the champion was. Now, I will be the first to admit that the BCS has its problems. Almost every year, there is some controversy over whether the two teams in the NCG are really the two best teams in the country. For example, USC fans believe that their Trojans should have been in the 2003 NCG. Likewise, it is fairly obvious that Auburn, rather than Oklahoma, should have been USC's opponent in the 2004 NCG. Of course, if things had gone that way, USC would have lost both of those games and the answer to this question would be zero. But the point is, whether you agree with the teams selected for the National Championship Game or not, it is a fact that two teams that someone thinks are the best two teams in the country have to play each other for the right to call themselves "national champions". And to have a national championship, you actually have to win it. On the field. In a game. Against a very strong opponent. That did not happen prior to BCS.

USC has anywhere from 6 to 11 national championships, depending on when you start counting and which polls you accept. But this question didn't ask how many championships USC has. It asked how many championships USC has won. And, except for the 2004 season, the only thing USC won was a popularity contest.

Now, I know others will want to dispute my answer. But the wording of the question makes it impossible to dispute my answer. So, why don't you just go on over to the "How many football championships does USC have?" question, and put in your 6 or 11, or whatever? If, on the other hand, you cannot distinguish between the meanings of the words "won" and "have", then by all means, post your incorrect answer here. But I must ask you not to delete the one correct answer here, which is this one.

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