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Media Picks Bruins Fifth

The Pac 10 preseason media poll has been released

The Tuscon citizen reports: For the second straight year, Southern Cal is the unanimous pick to win the Pacific-10 Conference football title.

The defending national champion Trojans received all 41 first-place votes today in the Pac-10 Media poll. USC, which beat Oklahoma 55-19 last season in the title game, earned a total of 410 points.

Arizona (131) is picked to finish eighth in Mike Stoops' second season as coach.

California (300) is picked to finish second and Arizona State (296) third. Oregon (290) and UCLA (282) round out the top five.

Cal, ASU and Oregon all received multiple second-place votes.

More to come throughout the day as events develop.

UPDATE: Complete poll

1. USC (41) 410

2. Cal 300

3. ASU 296

4. Oregon 290

5. UCLA 282

6. Wash. St. 189

7. Ore. St. 159

8. Arizona 131

9. Stanford 106

10. Washington 92


The Media Release (pdf) contradicts the Tuscon Citizen report. The Media Release states that UCLA also received multiple second-place votes. The Pac 10 also toots its own horn, repeatedly emphasizing that the Media poll has "correclty selected the Conference Champion 22 of 44 times, including the last five years in a row." Also interesting (and infuriating) is the fact that USC's selection as first the last two years were the only unamimous selections ever.