Oregon Football Picked To Win Conference Title
Aug. 1, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Oregon has been picked to win the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Football Title in a pre-season poll of West coast media members that regularly cover the league. It marks the first time ever that the Ducks have been selected to win the league title in the pre-season poll, which began in 1961. Oregon garnered 20 of 33 first place votes, with UCLA (10) and Oregon State (3) also picking up first place support.
Since the conference became the Pac-10 in 1978, the highest Oregon has been picked to finish is third (1996, 2000).
Oregon tied for the league title with Washington and Oregon State last year, all compiling 7-1 league marks. The Ducks finished 10-2 overall, concluding the season with a 35-30 victory over Texas in the Culligan Holiday Bowl.
The media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 18 of 40 previous polls, including 2 of the last 3 years.
Following are the results of the pre-season media poll, with number of first place votes in parenthesis:
1. Oregon (20) 3102. Oregon State (3) 2703. UCLA (10) 2624. Washington 2285. Stanford 1916. USC 1857. Arizona State 1288. California 909. Arizona 8110. Washington State 70
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