USC Predicted To Win Pac-12 Championship, Oregon Ducks To Finish Fourth

By 750 The Game Staff

Media covering the Pac-12 Conference tabbed USC as the favorites to win the conference title, the Pac-12 announced Thursday ahead of Friday’s media day.

The Trojans, led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams, received 25 of a possible 36 first-place votes.

They were runners-up last year, losing to Utah in the Pac-12 title game 47-24.

Washington was picked to finish second (4 first-place votes), despite getting fewer first-place votes than Utah (6), who were predicted to finish third.

The Oregon Ducks received just one first-place vote in a predicted fourth-place finish.

The Oregon State Beavers were picked to finish fifth, one spot behind the Ducks.

Chip Kelly’s UCLA Bruins were picked sixth, followed by Washington State and Arizona.

The bottom four of the conference were ordered by Cal, Arizona State, Colorado, and Stanford.

Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 with first-place votes in parentheses):

Total Points
1.  USC (25) 413
2.  Washington (4) 367
3.  Utah (6) 359
4.  Oregon (1) 344
5.  Oregon State 309
6.  UCLA 248
7.  Washington State 186
8.  Arizona 176
9.  California 132
10.  Arizona State 122
11.  Colorado 98
12.  Stanford 54