9. USC Trojans

Is it possible to win a national title out of the Pac-10?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 8:56 AM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine
LAST SEASON: 11-2 (7-1 Pac 10)

USC has two 1,000-yard receivers in Keary Colbert and Mike Williams, an O-line with future first-round tackles Jacob Rogers and Winston Justice and four dynamic young backs led by fab frosh Reggie Bush. What they don't have anymore is Heisman-winning QB Carson Palmer. Coach Pete Carroll is confident there is someone in the student body left to carry the torch at QB U, but he'll have to find Palmer's 927 career completions from among five candidates who have 264 total attempts.

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