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COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2004

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WHO SAID YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG? The reigning co–national champions, USC and LSU, show no fear of blooding freshmen and sophomores at key positions and in the most crucial games. In the era of scholarship limits and early departures to the NFL, no team can afford to let its best athletes sit and watch. Play ’em young and win--that’s the strategy now

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ALL FOR ONE USC wants this year’s national title all to itself and begins that quest with an Aug. 28 date against Virginia Tech.