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USC has no regular-season regrets, ready for Rose Bowl

Updated: January 1, 2008, 10:45 AM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

LOS ANGELES -- Lawrence Jackson is fired up to play in the Rose Bowl presented by Citi. Seriously. Oh sure, the USC senior defensive end has heard all about how his school's fans think USC's biggest opponent won't be Illinois, but rather boredom. Jackson, though, isn't buying it. So what if this is the Trojans' third consecutive Rose Bowl appearance -- and second straight without a national title hanging in the balance?

"To me this trip means more than any other year, because nobody ...

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