Returning starters is weighted heavily in pre-season model, thus UCLA. No media involved. Thanks for link.http://www.espn.com/college-football/statistics/teamratings
Lol no sir-UCLA is!
I think they colossally overrate both LA teams. I see Utah going 8-4 or 9-3 and winning the division, and then I see the other 5 finishing somewhere between 3-9 (Arizona) and 7-5. I think USC goes 5-7 or 6-6, too-and I also think we're beating them for the first time this year. They're either going to lose a game they shouldn't (Fresno State or at BYU) or get absolutely punked by both Washington and Notre Dame (who they play back to back sandwiched around a bye), and Clay Helton will be gone and their season will have spiraled out of control before they get here.
Regarding USC, I think Harrell and Team Texas have a good chance to stabilize USC O. If so, look out. They could hang 40 by half-time.