Oregon favored to win Pac-12 in preseason media poll
UCLA favored to win South, but Ducks top Bruins 24-13 in media vote for Pac-12 championship.
By Tyler Lockman
The Pac-12 released the results of its annual preseason media poll Wednesday morning, with defending South champion Arizona State coming in third in the division and Arizona one spot behind.
As expected, voters picked UCLA to win the South and Oregon to win the North. Of 39 participating votes, 24 predicted Oregon to win the Pac-12 Football Championship Game and 13 picked UCLA. Stanford, the 2013 North winner, and USC each got one vote to win the title game.
Here's how the complete voting shook out (A first place vote was worth six points, a second place vote worth five points, etc.; first place votes in parentheses):
1. UCLA (37)
2. USC (1)
3. Arizona State (1)
1. Oregon (37)
2. Stanford (2)
4. Oregon State
5. Washington State
Oregon has now been picked to win the North four years in a row, spanning the era of Pac-12 divisions. UCLA was also picked to win the South last season.
The Pac-12 media poll has correctly picked the Pac-12 champion in 28 of 53 previous polls and 11 of the last 14.