The media poll at the Pac-12 Conference’s annual football hype shindig in Los Angeles was released Wednesday. To little surprise, Oregon was the top vote-getter in the North Division, where Washington was third. UCLA led the South.
Oregon received 37 of 39 first-place votes in the North, with Stanford, the defending champion, getting the other two. Oregon State was fourth, followed by Washington State and California.
UCLA is the favorite in the South. Oregon was picked to win the conference championship, which will be played Dec. 5 at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The Ducks, picked to win four times in the past five polls, received 24 votes to win it all, UCLA 13 and Stanford and USC each getting one.
The Huskies, who finished 9-4 overall in 2013, begin the season under new coach Chris Petersen, open the season Aug. 30 at Hawaii. Camp begins Aug. 4.
PAC-12 MEDIA POLL
Points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses
1. Oregon (37) 232
2. Stanford (2) 192
3. Washington 142
4. Oregon State 125
5. Washington State 87
6. California 41
1. UCLA (37) 231
2. USC (1) 181
3. Arizona State (1) 163
4. Arizona 119
5. Utah 82
6. Colorado 43
The media poll correctly selected the conference champion in 28 of 53 previous polls, including 11 of the last 14.
I’m goo a reach and pick them to finish second. I didn’t like how the Ducks fished the season and Stanford is still Stanford. The Dawgs could surprise and overtake UO for the second slot.