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    USC Again Tabbed to Win Pac-10 in Preseason Media Poll
    USC Head Coach Pete Carroll
    USC Head Coach Pete Carroll

    July 27, 2006

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Three-time defending Pac-10 champion USC has been picked to win the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference football title in a preseason poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. It marks the fourth consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title, but it differs from the last two years when USC was a unanimous pick to win the title. USC garnered 18 of 29 first-place votes in the poll, but CALIFORNIA, OREGON and ARIZONA STATE also received first-place support. USC has won the last three Pac-10 titles and has two National Championships and a national runner-up finish in the last three years. The Trojans fashioned a 12-1 mark last season, with the only loss coming in a classic battle against Texas in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 23 of 45 previous polls, including the last six 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 (18)276
    2.California (7)247
    3.Oregon (3)229
    4.Arizona State (1)204
    5.UCLA145
    6.Arizona133
    7.Oregon State125
    8.Washington State96
    9.Stanford90
    10.Washington50

    POLL NOTES: Preseason media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 23 of 45 times and has been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last six years in a row and six of the last seven. . . . While USC was a unanimous pick to win the Pac-10 the last two seasons, this year's poll with four team registering first-place votes is more typical. Prior to the last two years of unanimous support for the Trojans, at least four team received first-place votes in four of the previous five years. . . . USC topping the media poll for four straight years is the most for one institution since WASHINGTON was picked four straight years from 1990-93. The Huskies won the crown in three of those four years. . . . The rebuilding work of coach Mike Stoops at ARIZONA is being noted. Despite finishing no higher than eighth in the Conference standings the last five years, the media panel placed the Wildcats sixth in the poll. That is the highest UA has been picked in the poll since 1999, when the Cats were actually picked to win the league title coming off a 12-1 season in 1998.

    PRESEASON PAC-10 FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL

    YearMedia Poll PickActual FinishRose Bowl/BCS RepresentativePredicted Finish
    1961UCLA1stUCLA1st
    1962Washington2ndUSC2nd
    1963USC2ndWashington2nd
    1964Washington3rdOregon State6th
    1965USC2ndUCLA7th
    1966USC1stUSC1st
    1967USC1stUSC1st
    1968USC1stUSC1st
    1969USC1stUSC1st
    1970USC6thStanford2nd
    1971USC2ndStanford2nd
    1972USC1stUSC1st
    1973USC1stUSC1st
    1974USC1stUSC1st
    1975USC5thUCLA3rd
    1976USC1stUSC1st
    1977USC2ndWashington3rd
    1978USC1stUSC1st
    1979USC1stUSC1st
    1980USC3rdWashington3rd
    1981USC2ndWashington4th
    1982USC3rdUCLA3rd
    1983Arizona5thUCLA5th
    1984UCLA3rdUSC3rd
    1985USC4thUCLA5th
    1986UCLA2ndArizona State4th
    1987UCLA2ndUSC4th
    1988UCLA2ndUSC2nd
    1989USC1stUSC1st
    1990Washington1stWashington1st
    1991Washington1stWashington1st
    1992Washington1stWashington1st
    1993Washington4thUCLA6th
    1994Arizona2ndOregon8th
    1995USC1stUSC1st
    1996USC5thArizona State2nd
    1997Washington4thWashington State7th
    1998UCLA1stUCLA1st
    1999Arizona6thStanford8th
    2000Washington1stWashington1st
    2001Oregon1stOregon 1st
    2002Washington St.1stWashington State1st
    2003USC1stUSC1st
    2004USC1stUSC1st
    2005USC1stUSC1st
    2006USC

    Media Poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion 23 of 45 times, including the last six years in a row.