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Oregon edges USC as 2020 Pac-12 Football preseason media favorite

Oct 7, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - OREGON has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2020 Pac-12 Conference Football Championship in a vote of 38 media members who cover the league. The defending Pac-12 FCG champion Ducks received 21 votes to earn the preseason nod, edging USC (15).

The Ducks were the heavy favorites to repeat as Pac-12 North Division champions, earning 35 first-place votes and 222 points to hold down the top spot. CALIFORNIA collected the remaining three first-place votes and 176 points as predicted runner-up in the division.

USC (220 points, 32 first-place votes) was the overwhelming selection to capture the South Division ahead of ARIZONA STATE (181, 2 first-place votes) and UTAH (168, 4 first-place votes).

The media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 31 of 59 previous polls, including four times in the nine-year FCG era.

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 (35) 222 1. USC (32) 220
2. California (3) 176 2. Arizona State (2) 181
3. Washington 161 3. Utah (4) 168
4. Stanford 105 4. UCLA 109
5. Oregon State 76 5. Colorado 63
6. Washington State 58 6. Arizona 57

PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WINNER: Oregon (21 votes)
Others receiving votes: USC (15), Arizona State (1), Utah (1)

The 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76® and featuring the winners of the North and South Divisions, will take place Friday, Dec. 18 in a home-hosted format and will be telecast to a national audience on FOX.

A seven-game, Conference-only schedule will kick off on Saturday, Nov. 7 featuring the Pac-12’s first-ever BIG NOON SATURDAY game of the week pitting Arizona State and USC at 9 a.m. PT. Click here for the complete Pac-12 Football schedule.

All football competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee health and safety recommendations and guidelines, as previously announced on September 24 when the Pac-12 CEO Group voted to resume football, basketball and winter sport seasons.

Year Media Poll Pick Actual Finish Rose Bowl / CFP /
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)
1st
tie - 2nd
Oregon (N)*
Arizona (S)
1st
4th
2015 Oregon (N)
USC (S)
2nd
1st
Stanford (N)*
USC (S)
2nd
1st
2016 Stanford (N)
UCLA (S)
3rd
tie - 4th
Washington (N)*
Colorado (S)
2nd
6th
2017 Washington (N)
USC (S)
2nd
1st
Stanford
USC*
2nd
1st
2018 Washington (N)
USC (S)
tie - 1st
tie - 3rd
Washington*
Utah
1st
2nd
2019 Oregon (N)
Utah (S)
1st
1st
Oregon*
Utah
1st
1st
Bold - Predicted FCG winner * - BCS / CFP / Rose Bowl participant