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USC edged by Oregon in Pac-10 media poll

7/30/2010

The defending Pac-10 champion Oregon Ducks beat USC by a narrow margin in the annual conference media poll released today, ending the Trojans' seven-year streak of earning the top spot every July.

USC earned 12 first-place votes from the 35 West Coast voters participating in the poll this time around, while the Ducks received 15. The margin between the two schools -- just three points (314 to 311) -- equals the second-closest poll ever after the 1989 edition, when the Trojans were picked to beat UCLA by two points.

Oregon State finished third in the voting, 49 points behind USC, and got three first-place votes. Four other Pac-10 squads received at least one first-place vote: Stanford, Arizona, Washington and UCLA.

The conference release notes that the poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 26 of 49 previous years, including nine of the last 10.

The full results, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Oregon (15): 314

2. USC (12): 311

3. Oregon State (3): 262

4. Stanford (1): 233

5. Arizona (2): 222

6. Washington (1): 209

7. California: 175

8. UCLA (1): 134

9. Arizona State: 81

10 Washington State: 39