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USC is media's default choice to win Pac-12, but are Trojans good enough?

USC is media's default choice to win Pac-12, but are Trojans good enough?

The Times' annual college football countdown continues its march toward No. 1 with our pick for No. 9. The Fourth Estate raised a white flag with the release of last month's Pac 12 football media poll. The message: We Give Up. The Times no longer allows its writers to vote in polls or for awards, even the Heisman Trophy, so yours truly was not involved in the tabulation that tabbed USC to win the conference. For what it's worth, I would have picked defending champion Oregon, but everyone knows I snort kale, wear Birkenstocks and quack when squeezed. The sentiment for USC, though, is understandable. No other school, frankly, can be trusted with the responsibility of...

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