Football Picked Seventh In Pac-10 Pre-Season Media Poll
Aug. 1, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University football program was picked to finish seventh in the 2001 Pac-10 pre-season football media poll released Wednesday. The poll, which has correctly picked the Conference champion 18 of 40 times, is made up of West Coast media members that regularly cover the league.
Oregon has been picked to win the Pac-10 title, marking the first time ever that the Ducks have been selected to win the league title in the pre-season poll, beginning in 1961. In addition to Oregon's 20 (of 33) first place votes, UCLA garnered 10 first-place votes while Oregon State claimed the other three.
It should also be noted that in four of the last eight years, the eventual Pac-10 champion was picked to finish in the bottom half of the league in the pre-season media poll. Seven different teams have won the Pac-10 title in the last seven years.
ASU first year head coach Dirk Koetter returns 51 lettermen, including eight offensive and eight defensive starters.
Coach Koetter and the rest of the Sun Devils get ready for the season as they head up the hill to Camp Tontozona to begin two-a-days on Monday, August 13. The camp ends on Saturday, August 18 with its annual Maroon & Gold scrimmage slated for 10:30 a.m. The Sun Devils open the regular season hosting San Diego State on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.
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1. Oregon (20) 310
2. Oregon State (3) 270
3. UCLA (10) 262
4. Washington 228
5. Stanford 191
6. USC 185
7. Arizona State 128
8. California 90
9. Arizona 81
10 Washington State 70