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Utah Utes picked to repeat as Pac-12 Champions in Preseason Media Poll

FILE - Utah players celebrate with the trophy after their victory over Oregon to win the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA football game Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. The Pac-12 announced, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, it was scrapping its divisional format for the coming season Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens, File)

The media has predicted Utah to repeat as Pac-12 football champions, with Oregon also picked to reach the conference championship game to face the Utes for a second year in a row.

The full press release from the Pac-12 Conference is below:

LOS ANGELES — UTAH has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2022 Pac12 Conference Championship, presented by 76®, in a vote of 33 media members who cover the league. The defending Pac12 champion Utes received 26 of the 33 first-place votes to earn the preseason nod.

OREGON, who faced Utah in the 2021 championship game, received two first-place votes and the second most overall points to edge out USC, despite the Trojans having more first-place votes (five).

This will be the first season that the Pac12 Football Championship Game will be played between the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage.  This change came about following the NCAA Division I Council decision in May to deregulate the rule that had limited an individual conference’s autonomy to determine their football championship game participants.  It was based on a motion brought by the Pac12 and unanimously supported by all FBS conferences

The media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 32 of 61 previous preseason polls, including five times in the 11-year FCG era.

2022 Pac12 Football Media Day will be held in Los Angeles on Friday, July 29.  For all materials needed during media day please go here.

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.  Utah (26) 384
2.  Oregon (2) 345
3.  USC (5) 341
4.  UCLA 289
5.  Oregon State 246
6.  Washington 212
7.  Washington State 177
8.  Stanford 159
9.  California 154
10.  Arizona State 123
11.  Arizona 86
12.  Colorado 58

The 2022 Pac12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76, featuring the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage, will take place on Friday, Dec. 2 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. The game will be telecast to a national audience on FOX.

The 2022 Pac12 football season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 1 with an in-state matchup between Northern Arizona and Arizona State at 7:00 p.m. PT on Pac12 Network. The first Conference showdown features USC at Stanford on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ABC. Click here for the complete Pac12 Football schedule.

Year Media Poll Pick Actual Finish Actual winner Predicted Finish
1961 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st
1962 Washington 2nd USC 2nd
1963 USC 2nd Washington 2nd
1964 Washington 3rd Oregon State 6th
1965 USC 2nd UCLA 7th
1966 USC 1st USC 1st
1967 USC 1st USC 1st
1968 USC 1st USC 1st
1969 USC 1st USC 1st
1970 USC 6th Stanford 2nd
1971 USC 2nd Stanford 2nd
1972 USC 1st USC 1st
1973 USC 1st USC 1st
1974 USC 1st USC 1st
1975 USC 5th UCLA 3rd
1976 USC 1st USC 1st
1977 USC 2nd Washington 3rd
1978 USC 1st USC 1st
1979 USC 1st USC 1st
1980 USC 3rd Washington 3rd
1981 USC 2nd Washington 4th
1982 USC 3rd UCLA 3rd
1983 Arizona 5th UCLA 5th
1984 UCLA 3rd USC 3rd
1985 USC 4th UCLA 5th
1986 UCLA 2nd Arizona State 4th
1987 UCLA 2nd USC 4th
1988 UCLA 2nd USC 2nd
1989 USC 1st USC 1st
1990 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1991 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1992 Washington 1st Washington 1st
1993 Washington 4th UCLA 6th
1994 Arizona 2nd Oregon 8th
1995 USC 1st USC 1st
1996 USC 5th Arizona State 2nd
1997 Washington 4th Washington State 7th
1998 UCLA 1st UCLA 1st
1999 Arizona 6th Stanford 8th
2000 Washington 1st Washington 1st
2001 Oregon 1st Oregon 1st
2002 Washington State 1st Washington State 1st
2003 USC 1st USC 1st
2004 USC 1st USC 1st
2005 USC 1st USC 1st
2006 USC 1st USC 1st
2007 USC 1st USC 1st
2008 USC 1st USC 1st
2009 USC 5th Oregon 3rd
2010 Oregon 1st Oregon 1st
2011 Oregon (N)
USC (S)
1st
not eligible
Oregon (N)*
UCLA (S FCG rep)
1st
5th
2012 Oregon (N)
USC (S)
tie – 1st
tie – 2nd
Stanford (N)*
UCLA (S)
2nd
3rd
2013 Oregon (N)
UCLA (S)
tie – 1st
tie – 2nd
Stanford (N)*
Arizona State (S)
2nd
2nd
2014 Oregon (N)
UCLA (S)
1st
tie – 2nd
Oregon (N)*
Arizona (S)
1st
4th
2015 Oregon (N)
USC (S)
2nd
1st
Stanford (N)*
USC (S)
2nd
1st
2016 Stanford (N)
UCLA (S)
3rd
tie – 4th
Washington (N)*
Colorado (S)
2nd
6th
2017 Washington (N)
USC (S)
2nd
1st
Stanford
USC*
2nd
1st
2018 Washington (N)
USC (S)
tie – 1st
tie – 3rd
Washington*
Utah
1st
2nd
2019 Oregon (N)
Utah (S)
1st
1st
Oregon*
Utah
1st
1st
2020 Oregon (N)
USC (S)
1st
1st
Washington**, Oregon*

USC

3rd, 1st
1st
2021 Oregon (N)

USC (S)

1st

tie- 4th

Oregon

Utah*

1st

2nd

Bold – Predicted FCG winner * – BCS / CFP / Rose Bowl participant

** – Unable to participate in FCG



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