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Oregon Edges USC As Preseason Media Favorite In PAC-10

Seven Teams Garner At Least 1 Number One Vote

CFP Staff from PAC-10 Press Release
July 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- For the first time in eight seasons, members of the PAC-10 media have voted someone other than USC as the team to beat.

Defending champion Oregon was selected to repeat, edging USC in balloting 314-311 and garnering three more No. 1 votes than the Trojans.

In all, seven teams received at least one first-place vote. Oregon State (3 first-place votes) was 3rd overall in the final tally. Stanford (1), Arizona (2), Washington (1) and UCLA (1) also received a No. 1 vote.

USC slipped to 9-4 overall last season and was just 5-4 in conference play. Head coach Pete Carroll resigned after the season to take the same position with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Then, USC was hit hard in June with NCAA probation that includes a two-year postseason ban and three years of reduced scholarships, largely for violations of providing "extra benefits" to Reggie Bush, the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner.

Last year was the first time since 1999 that the conference media poll was incorrect with its' No. 1 choice.

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):

  Team Points
1. Oregon (15) 314
2. USC (12) 311
3. Oregon State (3) 262
4. Stanford (1) 233
5. Arizona (2) 222
6. Washington (1) 209
7. California 175
8. UCLA (1) 134
9. Arizona State 81
10. Washington State 39


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