Cougars picked 8th, Huskies 9th in Pac-10 pollPosted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES, Cali. - The people who cover Pac-10 football aren't giving the Washington State Cougars or the Washington Huskies much of a chance this season.
In Los Angeles Thursday, the four-time defending USC Trojans were selected for the fifth year in a row as the favorites to win the conference title.
They received all 39 first-place votes in a preseason poll of media members who regularly cover the conference. The Trojans got 390 points in this year's balloting, with 10 points for No. 1 in the conference and one point for No. 10. Cal received 323 points, and UCLA was third with 305.
Arizona State (242 points) and Oregon State (237) rounded out the top five, followed by Oregon (226), Arizona (162), Washington State (115), Washington (98) and Stanford (47).
The Trojans also were loaded last season, but they still lost twice in the Pac-10. Oregon State upset them 33-31 on October 28th, then UCLA beat them 13-9 in the regular-season finale on December 2nd. USC went on to defeat Michigan 32-18 in the Rose Bowl to finish 11-2.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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