Cal Football Selected Second in Pac-10 Preaseason Poll

July 28, 2004

LOS ANGELES, CA - The 2004 California football team has been picked to finish second in the Pacific-10 Conference in a preseason poll of West Coast media members who cover the league. Since 1978, the Golden Bears have never been picked higher than fourth in the preseason poll. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 21 of 43 previous polls, including the last four years in a row.

USC is the unanimous choice to win the 2004 Pac-10 football title. The Trojans garnered all 24 first-place votes, marking the first time in the Pac-10 era since 1978 that one team received every first-place vote. USC is the defending Pac-10 champion, as well as defending Associated Press national champion, after fashioning a 12-1 record last year, capped by a Rose Bowl win against Michigan. 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 (24)	2402.	California	2103.	Oregon	1924.	Oregon State	1385.	Washington State 	1336.	Arizona State	1317.	Washington	1008.	UCLA	989.	Stanford	4010.	Arizona	38

POLL NOTES: Pre-season media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 21 of 43 times and has been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last four years in a row and five of the last six. . . . Since the Pac-10 era began in 1978, no team had ever before received every first-place vote until USC turned the trick this year. The closest was 1992 when Washington, like USC coming off a national championship the previous season, received 30 of 31 first-place votes. The Huskies came through by making a return trip to the Rose Bowl following the 1992 season. . . . It is the highest predicted finish for CALIFORNIA in the Pac-10 era since 1978. The previous high water mark for the Bears was being picked to finish fourth. . . . Of all the teams, the pollsters seemed to have the most difficulty predicting how ARIZONA STATE will fare this season. The Sun Devils were picked to finish as high as third and as low as ninth. . . . Hope for ARIZONA. In two of the last three years, the team predicted to finish last in the Conference has posted a winning record. . . . And remember, it's the Pac-10, where six different teams have claimed the championship the last six years.

PRESEASON PAC-10 FOOTBALL MEDIA POLLYear	Media Poll Pick	Actual Finish	Rose Bowl/BCS Representative	Predicted Finish1961	UCLA	1st	UCLA	1st1962	Washington	2nd	USC	2nd1963	USC	2nd	Washington	2nd1964	Washington	3rd	Oregon State	6th1965	USC	2nd	UCLA	7th1966	USC	1st	USC	1st1967	USC	1st	USC	1st1968	USC	1st	USC	1st1969	USC	1st	USC	1st1970	USC	6th	Stanford	2nd1971	USC	2nd	Stanford	2nd1972	USC	1st	USC	1st1973	USC	1st	USC	1st1974	USC	1st	USC	1st1975	USC	5th	UCLA	3rd1976	USC	1st	USC	1st1977	USC	2nd	Washington	3rd1978	USC	1st	USC	1st1979	USC	1st	USC	1st1980	USC	3rd	Washington	3rd1981	USC	2nd	Washington	4th1982	USC	3rd	UCLA	3rd1983	Arizona	5th	UCLA	5th1984	UCLA	3rd	USC	3rd1985	USC	4th	UCLA	5th1986	UCLA	2nd	Arizona State	4th1987	UCLA	2nd	USC	4th1988	UCLA	2nd	USC	2nd1989	USC	1st	USC	1st1990	Washington	1st	Washington	1st1991	Washington	1st	Washington	1st1992	Washington	1st	Washington	1st1993	Washington	4th	UCLA	6th1994	Arizona	2nd	Oregon	8th1995	USC	1st	USC	1st1996	USC	5th	Arizona State	2nd1997	Washington	4th	Washington State	7th1998	UCLA	1st	UCLA	1st1999	Arizona	6th	Stanford	8th2000	Washington	1st	Washington	1st2001	Oregon	1st	Oregon 	1st2002	Washington St.	1st	Washington State	1st2003	USC	1st	USC	1st

Media Poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion 21 of 43 times, including the last four years in a row.

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