Pac-12 Football: USC, Oregon picked to win divisions


The USC Trojans and Oregon Ducks are the media’s pick to win their respective divisions and play in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Pac-12 Media Days are ongoing and the media made their picks for the Pac-12 North and South Divisions with not much surprise with USC and Oregon picked to win.

Here’s how the votes broke down for the North and South with first-place votes in parenthesis.


1. Oregon (37 first place votes) – 263 points

2. Stanford (8) – 231

3. California – 174

4. Washington – 129

5. Washington State – 89

6. Oregon State – 60


1. USC (32) – 254

2. Arizona State (7) – 200

3. UCLA (6) – 180

4. Arizona – 155

5. Utah – 105

6. Colorado – 46

The biggest surprise for the North division is the California Golden Bears coming in third place. The return of quarterback Jared Goff is a big reason for that optimism but it could also be a sign that the media isn’t expecting Chris Petersen’s Washington Huskies to improve on last year.

In the South, I am surprised the UCLA Bruins weren’t even in second place because I think they have a team that can win the conference if true freshman Josh Rosen plays as well as many believe he will as the nation’s No. 1 quarterback recruit.

But with Utah coming in fifth place, this is the division that can challenge the SEC West as the best in college football.

How would your preseason Pac-12 rankings look? Let us know in the comments section who you have winning the South and the North and who is your Pac-12 champion.

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