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The Premier League starts Saturday morning. OK, it started today but that was just one game. So who do you pick to win the Premier League?

Chelsea doesn’t seem to have great depth. Liverpool and Arsenal did not do enough to improve in the transfer window (yet). Tottenham have the most stability but do they enough quality to win the league? Manchester City might have the best team overall but can Pep Guardiola handle the week-in-and-week-out grind of the Premier League? Manchester United is the pick of a lot of pundits but can Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku play together?

I sense the the champion comes out of Manchester. And I think City should win. But Jose Mourinho is hard to bet against. Who do you pick?

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USC Quote Of The Night

USC special teams coach John Baxter on how kickers Michael Brown and Chase McGrath, who struggled this week, will perform in actual games.

“I’d love to predict the future but I am not too good at it.”

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Redshirt Candidate

If you have not heard much about some true freshmen, it might be because they might redshirt. For example, defensive end Hunter Echols is almost certainly going to redshirt with Porter Gustin and Uchenna Nwosu are locked in as starters.

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Position Switches

Keyshawn Young has been at wide receiver after playing cornerback last season. With 11 scholarship wide receivers, does it really make sense to move him there? Especially when cornerback has some questions? Perhaps tailback Dominic Davis will add to cornerback depth now. But Young’s move was still a little questionable.

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USC Morning Buzz: If It’s Friday, It’s Time For The Notes Column

In my Friday notes column, I lead off with how freshman Tyler Vaughns (21) has taken every first-team snap through 10 practices . . . and still is not called a starter yet. Meanwhile, fellow receiver Velus Jones has had a quiet/disappointing training camp after making some big plays last spring.

Sam Darnold also talks about his Sports Illustrated cover and mention what he and Josh Rosen have in common when it comes to SI’s player rankings. Full column here

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Sam Darnold Streak Continues

USC QB Sam Darnold did not throw an interception so it’s been seven straight practices without an interception. He started camp with five interceptions in the first three practices.

“It pissed me off as much as it would anyone,” Darnold said.

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Kicking Woes, Continued

USC kickers Michael Brown and Chase McGrath were each 2 for 6 on field goals today. McGrath did make a 50-yarder. No worries around USC since everyone has always said John Baxter is the best special teams coach in America.

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USC Bowl Projection

Bowl guru Jerry Palm projects USC playing Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, which is a College Football Playoff game. The winner plays Alabama or Florida State. Would the CFP place USC in the Rose Bowl, which is like a home game?

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