Sun Devils Picked to Finish Third in Pac-10 Pre-Season Media Poll

Aug. 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Arizona State Sun Devils have been picked to finish third in the Pacific-10 Conference in a pre-season poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. Arizona State is coming off a 9-3 season which saw them beat Purdue in the 2004 Vitalis Sun Bowl. Defending National Champion USC was the unanimous choice to win their third straight Pac-10 title. The Sun Devils will host the Trojans on October 1st at Sun Devil Stadium.

After USC, opinions were mixed as Arizona State, California, Oregon and UCLA all received multiple second-place votes and were tightly bunched in the upper half of the poll. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 22 of 44 previous polls, including the last five years in a row. Following are the results of the pre-season media poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

1. USC (41) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4102. California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3003. Arizona State . . . . . . . . . . . . 2964. Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2905. UCLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2826. Washington State . . . . . . . . . . . 1897. Oregon State . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1598. Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1319. Stanford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10610. Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

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