Stanford picked as Pac-12 preseason favorites for first time in conference history

For Stanford, it’s a first.

The Cardinal have been picked as the Pac-12 preseason favorites for the first time in conference history.

Stanford collected 186 points (24 first-place votes) to top the North division in the media poll released on Thursday at Pac-12 Media Days in Los Angeles.

In the Pac-12 South Division, UCLA (19 first-place votes) edged rival USC with 180 total points to the Trojans’ 173.

North Division

1. Stanford (24), 186

2 Washington (8), 183

3. Oregon (1) 132

4. Washington State, 112

5. California, 67

6. Oregon State, 33

South Division

1. UCLA (19), 180

2. USC (12), 173

3. Utah (2), 127

4. Arizona, 87

5. Arizona State, 85

6. Colordao, 63