USC Tabbed to Win Pac-10 in Preseason Media Poll (Again)

July 24, 2008

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LOS ANGELES, Calif.--Five-time defending Pac-10 champion USC is a near-unanimous choice to win the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference football title in a preseason poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. The Trojans were listed in the top spot by 38 of the 39 voters participating in the poll. It marks the sixth consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title. USC has won or shared the last five Pac-10 titles and has two National Championships and a national runner-up finish in the last five years. The Trojans fashioned an 11-2 mark last season, capped by a 49-17 rout of Illinois in the Rose Bowl. Defending Pac-10 co-champion ARIZONA STATE is picked to finish second in the poll, with OREGON edging CALIFORNIA for third place. The Golden Bears received the lone first-place vote not cast for the Trojans. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 25 of 47 previous polls, including the last eight years in a row. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

	1.	USC (38) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 	389	2.	Arizona State . . . . . . . . . . .	330	3.	Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .	295	4.	California (1) . . . . . . . . . . .	274	5.	UCLA . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . .	204	6.	Oregon State . . . . . . . . . . .	192	7.	Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 	185	8.	Washington . . . . . . . . . . . .	139	9.	Stanford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  76	10.	Washington State . . . . . . . .	61

POLL NOTES: Preseason media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 25 of 47 times and has been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last eight years in a row. . . . USC becomes the first school to top the media poll for six straight years since the Trojans had an 18-year run atop the poll from 1965-1982. . . . Defending Pac-10 co-champion ARIZONA STATE is picked to finish second, the Sun Devils highest pre-season slot since being picked second in 2003.

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