Sun Devils Picked To Finish Fourth In Pac-10 Pre-season Media Poll

July 27, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

The Arizona State Sun Devils have been picked to finish fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference in a pre-season poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. ArizonaState is coming off a 7-5 season which saw them defeat Rutgers 45-40 in the 2005 Insight Bowl. Defending Pac-10 champion USC earned 18 first place votes and was picked to win their fourth straight Pac-10 title. The Sun Devils will travel to Los Angeles to face the Trojans on October 14th at Memorial Coliseum.

 

Four teams received first place votes this season after USC was the unanimous choice last year. The Trojans garnered 18 votes, while Cal was second with seven. Oregon received three votes and the Sun Devils also earned a first place vote. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 23 of 45 previous polls, including the last six 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 Trojans (18)............................................276
2. California Golden Bears (7)...........................247
3. Oregon Ducks (3)............................................229
4. Arizona State Sun Devils (1)..........................204
5. UCLA Bruins....................................................145
6. Arizona Wildcats..............................................133
7. Oregon State Beavers.....................................125
8. Washington State Cougars...............................96
9. Stanford Cardinal...............................................90
10. Washington Huskies........................................50

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