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20 ways to measure success

There has been a lot of talk about the Trojans not longer being in contention for a national title and Barkley no longer being considered for the Heisman. And there's been plenty of rebuttals that this is all premature. Both arguments got me to thinking: how do you measure a successful season? Surely it can't be "national title or bust." That makes 1976 a "bust," along with 1979, 1984, and 2002.

So I've created my own personal hierarchy of what I want in a season.

Obviously, some of these overlap; for example, we can win the Rose Bowl without beating either UCLA or Notre Dame (1995) or beat both rivals but not even go to the Rose Bowl (2009).

For me, the main metric has been the Rose Bowl. If you win all your conference games, you go. That can be controlled. The BCS is up to voters who don't watch all the games, coaches who don't watch any of the games, and computers controlled by the Cylon overlords orbiting Caprica. You can't really be screwed out of the Rose Bowl, but you can sure be screwed out of the national championship game. Just ask USC in 2003, or Auburn in 2004, or USC, Texas, and Utah in 2008. The playoff won't solve that.

So, here's my chart. How does it stack up with yours? (Best result is on top)

1. BCS championship and Heisman trophy

2. BCS championship

3. AP or other non-BCS championship

4. Rose Bowl win (yes, I'd rather win the Rose Bowl than go to the national title game and lose)

5. BCS bowl win

6. BCS Championship Game loss

7. Rose Bowl loss

8. Pac-12 championship win

9. Heisman trophy

10. Major bowl win

11. BCS bowl loss

12. Major bowl loss

13. Division championship but Pac-12 championship game loss

14. Minor bowl win

15. Minor bowl loss

16. Beat UCLA and Notre Dame

17. Beat UCLA

18. Beat Notre Dame

19. Beat Oregon (a better team than UCLA and ND? Maybe, but I care about the arch-rivals more than the Ducks)

20. Winning record

Division championship is tough for me: Is it better to go to the conference championship game and lose, or to be 2nd in the division and finish on, say, a three-game winning streak? It's hard to tell how a team might move up or down in bowl selection after just one season of the Pac-12.

So, that's what I'm looking for in a season. How about you?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors.

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