Avoiding the upset bug

Even with 11 national titles, plenty of top-ranked Trojans teams have fallen short

Updated: February 24, 2012, 12:41 PM ET
By Greg Katz |
LOS ANGELES -- They are the bogeyman of teams with dreams of grandeur and immortality. They are the Nightmare on Elm Street moments that unfold during the waking hours, which some call upsets and others call just plain choking.

Every team with aspirations for a national championship must face the reality that when you're the No. 1 team in the nation, staying on top is fraught with those proverbial pitfalls and stumbling blocks.

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