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LOS ANGELES ( Even though the USC Trojans are picked to finish second behind UCLA in the Pac-12 South, much attention at the conference’s media day was pointed toward Steve Sarkisian, the first-year head coach with the Trojans.

Sarkisian, who spent five seasons at Washington with a record of 34-29, thinks his sanction-depleted roster will be an immediate contender after the team spent the past four years in probation.

“This city and SC football is about championships, playing great football, the big moments, the Coliseum,” Sarkisian said to CBS2’s Jim Hill. “That’s why I’m here. That why I came back. How long will it take us? I don’t know. But I don’t want people to feel like we’re not supposed to be; we’re good enough to win. It’s going to take some luck, but we’re talented enough to win.”

Oregon is the overwhelming choice to win the Pac-12 North, followed by Stanford and Washington. As for the South, UCLA has 37 of 39 first-place votes.

The media picked the Ducks to down the Bruins in the Pac-12 title game.

UCLA will talk to the media Thursday.

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