The Ducks were chosen as heavy favorites to win the Pac-12 North Division this season, receiving 38 of 40 first-place votes. WASHINGTON, who won the North in 2020, received the other two votes and finished 2nd overall in the division projections. The Huskies also captured the North title in 2016 and 2018.
USC (223 points, 27 first-place votes) repeats as the Pac-12 South Division preseason favorite, ahead of UTAH (183, six first-place votes), ARIZONA STATE (170, six first-place votes) and UCLA (135, one first-place vote).
The media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 32 of 60 previous preseason polls, including five times in the 10-year FCG era.
Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WINNER: Oregon (27 votes)
Others receiving votes: USC (10), Utah (3)
The 2021 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76® and featuring the winners of the North and South Divisions, will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. The game will be telecast to a national audience on ABC.
The 2021 Pac-12 football season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 28 with a Week 0 matchup between Hawaii and UCLA. The first Conference showdown features Stanford and USC in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on FOX. Click here for the complete Pac-12 Football schedule.