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Media picks USC to win Pac-12

Wed, Jul 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA – USC was chosen the favorite to win the 2017 Pac-12 Conference football title in a vote of 52 media members who cover Pac-12 football. The Trojans received 28 votes to earn the preseason favorite pick over defending Pac-12 Champion WASHINGTON, which received 22 votes. Both the Trojans and Huskies garnered 49 first-place votes and 309 points to hold down the top spots in their respective divisions.

STANFORD holds firmly to second in the North Division after collecting one first-place vote and 247 points. WASHINGTON STATE and OREGON picked up the two remaining first-place votes in the North Division.

In what appears to be a tightly-contested race for second in the South Division, UTAH (220 points) edges UCLA (209) and COLORADO (182). All three received one first-place vote in the South.

The media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 29 of 56 previous polls, but only twice in the last 10 polls. 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

1. Washington (49) 309 1. USC (49) 309
2. Stanford (1) 247 2. Utah (1) 220
3. Washington State (1) 206 3. UCLA (1) 209
4. Oregon (1) 163 4. Colorado (1) 182
5. Oregon State 101 5. Arizona State 109
6. California 64 6. Arizona 61

Others receiving votes: Washington (22), Oregon (1), Utah (1)

The 2017 Pac-12 Football Championship Game will take place Friday, Dec. 1 and will be telecast to a national audience on ESPN (game time TBD). 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.