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Trojans look like nation's best with no one left to play

Updated: January 2, 2008, 9:02 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- Southern California coach Pete Carroll sat in front of dozens of media members Tuesday night, less than an hour after his No. 7 Trojans had dismantled No. 13 Illinois 49-17 in the Rose Bowl.

It didn't take long for the obvious question to be asked: After winning its fifth consecutive game in dominant fashion, was USC the best team in college football?

"The last thing I'd want to do is sit up here and lobby for some recognition ...

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