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Football: USC picked again

Pac-10 media day is underway in Los Angeles and the annual preseason media poll has been released. Not surprisingly, USC has once again been picked to win the conference title. Also not surprisingly, Cal has been selected to finish second. The Bears received three of the possible 32 first-place votes. USC received 28 and Oregon got one.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Pete Carroll

    Who were the three voters that actually had the guts to pick Cal to finish first?

  • Jethro

    Stanfurd plays ASU at home. Who do you think will be favored to win that game? The Furd of course. So why do these numbnuts think ASU will finish ahead of the Furd? Do they think ASU will win more Pac-10 games than the Furd even if they lose to the Furd? Not likely.

    Same goes for Az and UCLA. Az will be favored over UCLA at home. It is very unlikely Az finishes below UCLA if they beat UCLA at home.

    And, I’m sorry to say, the same goes for Oregon and Cal. Except that I think Cal is a better team than Oregon by a wider margin than Az over UCLA and the Furd over ASU, but that home field advantage is very tough to overcome. The odds are that Oregon at home is favored over Cal. Also, Cal has 5 road Pac-10 games this year whereas Oregon only has 4 Pac-10 road games. So the odds are Oregon finishes ahead of Cal.