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Oregon picked to win Pac-12 title in preseason media poll

Eric Evans

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—OREGON is the favorite to win the 2014 Pac-12 Conference football title in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. The Ducks were listed in the top spot of the North Division by 37 of 39 voters participating in the poll, collecting 232 points. Twenty-four of the pollsters picked Oregon to come out on top in the Pac-12 Championship game. UCLA received the second most Champion votes with 13 pollsters picking the Bruins to win the Pac-12 Championship game. The Bruins were the top choice for the South Division by 37 of 39 voters participating, collecting 231 points.

2013 North Division winner STANFORD was picked to finish second in the North Division, collecting 192 points. USC was picked to finish second in the South Division after tallying 181 points, just ahead of reigning South Division winner ARIZONA STATE, who tallied 163 points and was predicted to finish third.

The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 28 of 53 previous polls, including 11 of the last 14. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

North Division South Division
School Points School Points
1. Oregon (37) 232 1. UCLA (37) 231
2. Stanford (2) 192 2. USC (1) 181
3. Washington 142 3. Arizona State (1) 163
4. Oregon State 125 4. Arizona 119
5. Washington State 87 5. Utah 82
6. California 41 6. Colorado 43

PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Oregon (24 votes)Others receiving votes:  UCLA (13), Stanford (1), USC (1)

The 2014 Pac-12 Championship Football Game will take place Friday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. PT and will be telecast to a national audience on FOX. The Championship game will match the winner of the North Division vs. the winner of the South Division at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

POLL NOTES: Oregon is picked to win the league for the fourth time in five years, and fifth overall (2001, 2010-11, 2013–14).

PRESEASON PAC-12 FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL

Year Media Poll Pick Actual Finish Rose Bowl /
BCS Representatitve
Predicted Finish
1961 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st
1962 Washington 2nd USC 2nd
1963 USC 2nd Washington 2nd
1964 Washington 3rd Oregon State 6th
1965 USC 2nd UCLA 7th
1966 USC 1st USC 1st
1967 USC 1st USC 1st
1968 USC 1st USC 1st
1969 USC 1st USC 1st
1970 USC 6th Stanford 2nd
1971 USC 2nd Stanford 2nd
1972 USC 1st USC 1st
1973 USC 1st USC 1st
1974 USC 1st USC 1st
1975 USC 5th UCLA 3rd
1976 USC 1st USC 1st
1977 USC 2nd Washington 3rd
1978 USC 1st USC 1st
1979 USC 1st USC 1st
1980 USC 3rd Washington 3rd
1981 USC 2nd Washington 4th
1982 USC 3rd UCLA 3rd
1983 Arizona 5th UCLA 5th
1984 UCLA 3rd USC 3rd
1985 USC 4th UCLA 5th
1986 UCLA 2nd Arizona State 4th
1987 UCLA 2nd USC 4th
1988 UCLA 2nd USC 2nd
1989 USC 1st USC 1st
1990 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1991 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1992 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1993 Washington 4th UCLA 6th
1994 Arizona 2nd Oregon 8th
1995 USC 1st USC 1st
1996 USC 5th Arizona State 2nd
1997 Washington 4th Washington State 7th
1998 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st
1999 Arizona 6th Stanford 8th
2000 Washington 1st Washington 1st
2001 Oregon 1st Oregon 1st
2002 Washington State 1st Washington State 1st
2003 USC 1st USC 1st
2004 USC 1st USC 1st
2005 USC 1st USC 1st
2006 USC 1st USC 1st
2007 USC 1st USC 1st
2008 USC 1st USC 1st
2009 USC 5th Oregon 3rd
2010 Oregon 1st Oregon 1st
2011 Oregon (N)*
USC (S)
1st
not eligible
Oregon (N)*
UCLA (S FCG rep)
1st
5th
2012 Oregon (N)
USC (S)*
tie - 1st
tie - 2nd
Stanford (N)*
UCLA (S)
2nd
3rd
2013 Oregon (N)*
UCLA (S)
tie - 1st
tie - 2nd
Stanford (N)*
Arizona State (S)
2nd
2nd
2014 Oregon (N)*
UCLA (S)
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