Trojans' defense doesn't rest, but is it the best?
LOS ANGELES -- It is quite possible that the USC defense is not the best to come into your living room since Miami in 2001, or Alabama in 1992, or Oklahoma in 1986, or even Penn State in 1947 (a team that, as hard as it is to believe, Joe Paterno did not coach; he played for Brown that season).Trojans head coach Pete Carroll, for one, is a skeptic about any best-ever claim.
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