Pete Carroll's quest to turn USC back into a West Coast powerhouse was realized in 2003, when the Trojans split the national title with LSU. With a wealth of young, talented stars returning -- the fruit of a series of stellar recruiting classes -- USC is our pick to defend its national championship. Read Scouting Reports on the rest of our Top 25, find out where we rank your favorite Division I-A school
, and check out our top 10 in Divisions I-AA, II and III
-- all in this online edition of Sports Illustrated
's College Football Preview 2004.