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PAC-12 MEDIA DAYS

Huskies overwhelming favorite in Pac-12

Fri, Jul 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Washington was chosen the favorite to win the 2018 Pac-12 Conference football title in a vote of 42 media members who cover Pac-12 football. The Huskies received 37 votes to earn the preseason nod over defending Pac-12 Champion USC. The Huskies garnered 40 first-place votes to hold down the top spot in the Pac-12 North Division, while USC tallied 22 first-place votes to edge out UTAH (14 first-place votes) to win the South Division.

Washington (249 points) was the overwhelming selection to capture the North Division ahead of Stanford (198) and Oregon (178), which each picked up single votes to win the division.

The media expects the South Division to provide a competitive race with USC (225) topping Utah (209) and Arizona (178), which picked up three first-place votes. UCLA collected two votes, and Colorado one vote, to represent the South Division in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

The media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 30 of 57 previous polls, but only three times in the last 11 polls. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4- 3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

North DivisionSouth Division
SchoolPointsSchoolPoints
1. Washington (40) 249 1. USC (22) 225
2. Stanford (1) 198 2. Utah (14) 209
3. Oregon (1) 178 3. Arizona (3) 178
4. California 108 4. UCLA (2) 116
5. Washington State 98 5. Colorado (1) 80
6. Oregon State 45 6. Arizona State 72

PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Washington (37 votes)
Others receiving votes: USC (2), Oregon (1), Stanford (1), UCLA (1)