Stanford picked to win Pac-12 in preseason media poll

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Pac-12: Stanford has been picked to defend its Pac-12 football title in a preseason media poll. Stanford is the favorite to win the Pac-12 title.

USC was picked to finish second behind UCLA in the South Division, receiving seven fewer first-place votes.

OR was picked to finished third in the North, which doesn't surprise me considering the Ducks' lack of experience at quarterback, and a defense that ranked last in the conference last season in scoring defense and total defense. First-place division votes in parentheses. The Washington Huskies were picked second in the Pac-12 North, earning 163 points with eight first-place votes. Dayton, Nebraska, Cal State Northridge, New Mexico, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech round out the field. "Defendants Stanford, Pac-12, and the NCAA have kept their players and the public in the dark about an epidemic that was slowly killing their athletes". UCLA is the Pac-12 South favorite. The risky running back, receiver and return man led FBS with 3,864 all-purpose yards last season.

But on the historic day, none of the Cardinal stepped into the spotlight of the podium as day one included head coaches and two players from the University of Arizona, the University of California, Berkeley, USC, the University of Oregon, Washington State University and the University of Utah. Washington, UCLA and Utah also received votes as title game winners.

USC, which earned 173 votes and gained five championship votes, was edged out of the division's top spot by crosstown-rival UCLA (180 points).

You can see the full media poll here. Washington has home games with Stanford, USC and Arizona State while making road trips to Arizona, Oregon, Utah and Cal. The Buffaloes are 2-25 in conference play under coach Mike MacIntyre.

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