Here are the Pacific Takes writers who will be voting - Jack Follman, Avinash Kunnath, Ryan McGinn, Mark Schipper, Bill Stenlund, Trace Travers, Jamie Uyeyama.
Here are the results of the semi-finals with the thoughts of voters included.
04 USC over 03 USC
Trace Travers - 04 USC was the better of the two, with an extra year of seasoning for Leinart, Bush, and co.
Jack Follman - The Trojans were a phenomenal team in 03 and deserving national champions, but they achieved perfection in 04. Another year of experience gives 04 the seasoning late the in game to pull it out.
Mark Schipper - This team went wire-to-wire as the undefeated no. 1 ranked team. That is, in the realm of sporting achievements, a transcendent campaign. They won close games against rivals, they blew out other rivals, they took everyone's best shot and used their talent and training and focus to walk away the victors. In the national championship game they were at their very best, blowing out a really good Oklahoma team 55-19. From beginning to end this group had an almost mystical quality that made it seem pre-destined to win all of its games.
Avinash Kunnath - 04 USC is pretty much an older more seasoned 03 USC. Better offense and more confident defense. They roll.
Jamie Uyeyama - This team was basically just version 2.0 of the '03 team. A year older and a year better. The only piece was Mike Williams on the '03, but unless he went off for 250 and four touchdowns, that '03 team would not win this game.
91 Washington over 10 Oregon
Trace Travers - The Huskies had a defense that was overpowering and could have stayed with Oregon's speed. Oregon's weakness that year was an aggressive defense that could contain the quarterback and overpower their offensive line, and the Huskies could have done that.