Cats Tabbed Eighth In Pac-10

July 30, 2009

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the annual Pac-10 preseason football media poll, Arizona was tabbed to finish eighth in the conference standings by West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. The Wildcats received 142 total votes.

In 2008, Arizona posted its first plus-.500 season in Pac-10 play since the 1998 season with a 5-4 mark en route to a Las Vegas Bowl appearance and bowl-game victory over BYU. Last year, Arizona was picked to finish seventh in this poll and wound up fifth.  

Seven-time defending Pac-10 champion USC is no surprise as the choice to win the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference football title in a preseason poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. The Trojans were listed in the top spot by 28 of the 32 voters participating in the poll. It marks the seventh consecutive year the Trojans have been the choice to win the title. USC has won or shared the last seven Pac-10 titles and has two National Championships and a national runner-up finish in the last six years. CALIFORNIA was tabbed to finish second in the poll, followed by OREGON and OREGON STATE. The Golden Bears received three first-place votes and the Ducks picked up one. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 26 of 48 previous polls, including the last nine years in a row. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

To get a sense of how close the vote was, slots five through eight were separated by a mere 13 points.

Arizona kicks off the 2009 season at home against Central Michigan on Saturday, September 5th, at 7 p.m.

 

1.

USC (28)

316

2.

California (3)

277

3.

Oregon (1)

250

4.

Oregon State

216

5.

Arizona State

155

6.

Stanford

150

7.

UCLA

145

8.

Arizona

142

9.

Washington

74

10.

Washington State

35

POLL NOTES: Preseason media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 26 of 48 times and has been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last nine years in a row. . . . USC becomes the first school to top the media poll for seven straight years since the Trojans had an 18-year run atop the poll from 1965-1982.

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