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The Pacific 12 Conference | July 30, 2015

USC picked as favorites in Pac-12 media poll

  USC edged out last year's conference champion Oregon for top-billing in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Southern California 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.

PAC-12 PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
North Division South Division
Rank School Points Rank School Points
1 Oregon (37) 262 1 USC (32) 254
2 Stanford (8) 231 2 Arizona State (7) 200
3 California 174 3 UCLA (6) 180
4 Washington 129 4 Arizona 155
5 Washington State 89 5 Utah 105
6 Oregon State 60 6 Colorado 46

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