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Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll Announced: 5 Things That Matter

Nov 21, 2015; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) high fives teammates after a Cardinal touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the fourth quarter at Stanford Stadium. Stanford defeated California 35-22. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2015; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) high fives teammates after a Cardinal touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the fourth quarter at Stanford Stadium. Stanford defeated California 35-22. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Pac-12 Media Preseason Poll announced. What are the five things that matter about the media’s choices for the Pac-12’s finish?


– In a bit of a shocker, Stanford was picked to win by the media at Pac-12 media days to repeat as conference champs. Christian McCaffrey returns, but that’s about it. Even so, the Cardinal were selected to beat UCLA for the title.

– The other big stunner? No respect for Oregon, while Washington is starting to get some love. The Ducks got just one vote to win the Pac-12 North, while Washington was selected to finish second getting eight votes.

– The media likes UCLA, with 19 votes to win the Pac-12 South and USC getting 12 votes. Utah was the only other team to receive any first place votes, getting two.

– According to the Pac-12, the media has whiffed on seven of the last nine preseason polls, while correctly picking the conference champ in 29 of the first 55 polls.

– Who’ll actually going to win the Pac-12 divisions? Check out the CFN preseason Pac-12 picks for every team and every game.

2016 Media Preseason Pac-12 Football Poll

Pac-12 Championship: Stanford over UCLA

2016 Pac-12 Preseason North Division Media Prediction

1. Stanford (24) 186
2. Washington (8) 163
3. Oregon (1) 132
4. Washington State 112
5. California 67
6. Oregon State 33

2016 Pac-12 Preseason South Division Media Prediction

1. UCLA (19) 180
2. USC (12) 173
3. Utah (2) 127
4. Arizona 87
5. Arizona State 85
6. Colorado 63