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USC Unanimous Pick to Win Pac-10 in Preseason Media Poll

Media Poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion 24 of 46 times, including the last seven years in a row.

PAC-10 Press Release
July 26, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Four-time defending Pac-10 champion USC is a unanimous selection to win the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference football title in a preseason poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league.

It marks the fifth consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title. It is only the third time in 46 years of the poll that a team has been a unanimous pre-season pick to win the title, but all three times have been recent, as USC was also a unanimous pick to win in 2004 and 2005 as well as this year. The Trojans did not disappoint in those previous two years, winning outright Pac-10 crowns by going undefeated in league play as part of a Pac-10-record 34-game winning streak and playing in consecutive BCS National Championship Games.

USC has won the last four Pac-10 titles and has two National Championships and a national runner-up finish in the last four years. The Trojans fashioned an 11-2 mark last season, capped by a 32-18 win against Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

For the fourth consecutive year, California has finished second in the poll behind the Trojans. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 24 of 46 previous polls, including the last seven 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):

PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL (West Coast Media Vote)

  Team Points
1. USC (39) 390
2. California 323
3. UCLA 305
4. Arizona State 242
5. Oregon State 237
6. Oregon 226
7. Arizona 162
8. Washington State 115
9. Washington 98
10. Stanford 47

POLL NOTES: Preseason media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 24 of 46 times and has been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last seven years in a row.

USC becomes the first school to top the media poll for five straight years since the Trojans had an 18-year run atop the poll from 1965-1982.

California has been picked to finish second for the fourth consecutive season. In the past three seasons, the Golden Bears have finished second, tied fourth and tied for first.


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