You heard it here first: No USC threepeat

Updated: September 8, 2005, 11:30 AM ET
By Bill Curry | Special to ESPN.com

Contrary to the opinions of most "experts," The University of Southern California will not win the national championship in football this season.

There are several reasons, most compelling of which is the narcotic of stardom. Teenage males do not handle it well. In this case, the elixir is magnified by next-door neighbor Hollywood. That is just the catalyst that will exaggerate two more immediate personnel concerns: the loss of offensive wizard Norm Chow and a more porous run defense. ...

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