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Cal, led by improved defense, offers unexpected test for USC in road opener

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Wolf: Pac-12 off to a poor non-conference start

I made a mistake when I voted in the Pac-12 preseason media poll. I forgot to vote for San Diego State. The Aztecs are 2-0 against Pac-12 teams after defeating Stanford on Saturday night. Maybe you aren’t impressed but the Aztecs are rank...

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