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USC again will attempt to live up to lofty preseason expectations

By Joey Kaufman jkaufman@scng.com @joeyrkaufman on Twitter|

Wolf: Can anyone unseat USC in the Pac-12?

The Pacific-12 Conference morphed into the Big Two and everyone else based on Tuesday’s preseason media poll, which picked USC and Washington as the overwhelming favorites to win their divisions. The Trojans received 28 votes to win the ...

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