USC Unanimous Pick To Win Pac-10 In Pre-Season Media Poll

Aug. 2, 2005

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Defending National Champion USC is the unanimous choice to win the 2005Pacific-10 Conference football title in a pre-season poll of West Coast media members who regularlycover the league. It marks the second consecutive year the Trojans have been a unanimous pick to winthe title. USC garnered all 41 first-place votes in the annual poll. USC is the two-time defending Pac-10 champion as well as two-time defending National Champion. The Trojans fashioned a 13-0 marklast season, capped by a 55-19 romp against Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship Game atthe FedEx Orange Bowl. After USC, opinions were mixed as CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA STATE,OREGON and UCLA all received multiple second-place votes and were tightly bunched in the upperhalf of the poll. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 22 of 44 previouspolls, including the last five years in a row. Following are the results of the pre-season media poll(points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

1. USC (41) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410
2. California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
3. Arizona State . . . . . . . . . . . 296
4. Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
5. UCLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
6. Washington State . . . . . . . 189
7. Oregon State . . . . . . . . . . . 159
8. Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131
9. Stanford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
10. Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

POLL NOTES: Pre-season media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 22 of 44 times andhas been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last five years in a rowand six of the last seven. . . . Since the Pac-10 era began in 1978, no team had ever before received everyfirst-place vote until USC turned the trick the last two years.


PRE-SEASON PAC-10 FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL
Year Media Poll Pick Actual Finish Rose Bowl/
BCS Representative
Predicted Finish
1961 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st
1962 Washington 2nd USC 2nd
1963 USC 2nd Washington 2nd
1964 Washington 3rd Oregon State 6th
1965 USC 2nd UCLA 7th
1966 USC 1st USC 1st
1967 USC 1st USC 1st
1968 USC 1st USC 1st
1969 USC 1st USC 1st
1970 USC 6th Stanford 2nd
1971 USC 2nd Stanford 2nd
1972 USC 1st USC 1st
1973 USC 1st USC 1st
1974 USC 1st USC 1st
1975 USC 5th UCLA 3rd
1976 USC 1st USC 1st
1977 USC 2nd Washington 3rd
1978 USC 1st USC 1st
1979 USC 1st USC 1st
1980 USC 3rd Washington 3rd
1981 USC 2nd Washington 4th
1982 USC 3rd UCLA 3rd
1983 Arizona 5th UCLA 5th
1984 UCLA 3rd USC 3rd
1985 USC 4th UCLA 5th
1986 UCLA 2nd Arizona State 4th
1987 UCLA 2nd USC 4th
1988 UCLA 2nd USC 2nd
1989 USC 1st USC 1st
1990 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1991 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1992 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1993 Washington 4th UCLA 6th
1994 Arizona 2nd Oregon 8th
1995 USC 1st USC 1st
1996 USC 5th Arizona State 2nd
1997 Washington 4th Washington State 7th
1998 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st
1999 Arizona 6th Stanford 8th
2000 Washington 1st Washington 1st
2001 Oregon 1st Oregon 1st
2002 Washington St. 1st Washington State 1st
2003 USC 1st USC 1st
2004 USC 1st USC 1st
2005 USC

Media Poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion 22 of 44 times, including thelast five years in a row.

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