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Can USC raise the South to top of Pac-12 football?

Can USC raise the South to top of Pac-12 football?

Someone will win the Pac-12 Conference’s South Division. The question is whether that football team can prevail in the game that really matters in early December at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Since the first Pac-12 championship game was staged in 2011, the North has gone 6-0. If the South intends to rise, now would be a good time.

There are some intriguing candidates for a breakthrough. USC features perhaps its best quarterback since Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy. UCLA is coming off a losing season but doesn’t usually stay down long, last failing to make a bowl game in two consecutive years in 1989-90. Colorado could put up 40 points per game, which...

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