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USC chosen to win in Pac-12 preseason media poll

The media's favorite has won 12 of the last 15 years.

Here is the release from the conference with the poll included:

SAN FRANCISCO—USC was chosen as the favorite to win the 2015 Pac-12 Conference football title in a preseason poll vote of 45 media members. The Trojans received 21 of 45 votes to earn the preseason favorite pick. USC collected 254 points for the top spot in the South Division, holding 32 of 45 first-place votes. Defending Pac-12 champion OREGON holds the second-most Championship votes, as they garnered 17 votes for the Pac-12 title. The Ducks also picked up 262 points to lead the Pac-12 North. Additionally, ARIZONA STATE tallied three votes for the Pac-12 crown and amassed 200 points for second in the Pac-12 South.

STANFORD was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 North Division, collecting 231 points with eight first-place votes. The Cardinal garnered one vote as the Pac-12 Champion. In the South Division, UCLA was picked to finish third with 180 points and collected six first-place votes, ahead of reigning South Division winner ARIZONA, which tallied 155 votes for fourth place.

The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 29 of 54 previous polls, including 12 of the last 15. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

       

         NORTH DIVISION

         1.   Oregon (37)............... 262

         2.   Stanford (8)............... 231

         3.   California.................. 174

         4.   Washington............... 129

         5.   Washington State......... 89

         6.   Oregon State............... 60

 

         SOUTH DIVISION

         1.   USC (32)................... 254

         2.   Arizona State (7)........ 200

         3.   UCLA (6)................... 180

         4.   Arizona..................... 155

         5.   Utah......................... 105

         6.   Colorado..................... 46

PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: USC (21 votes)

Others receiving votes:  Oregon (17), Arizona State (3), UCLA (2), Stanford (1)

The 2015 Pac-12 Championship Football Game will take place Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4:45/5 p.m. PT and will be telecast to a national audience on ABC or ESPN. 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: USC is picked to win the Conference for the first time since 2012.



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