Washington is heavy favorite, USC tabbed to win South by media

LOS ANGELES — Oregon is picked to finish third in the North Division in the preseason Pac-12 poll released Wednesday.

As expected, Washington was chosen as the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 title.

The Huskies received 40 of the 42 first-place votes cast by the media in the North. Defending division champion Stanford was picked just ahead of Oregon.

California was slotted fourth, Washington State fifth and Oregon State last in the North.

USC was picked to win the South Division, where five of the six teams received at least one first-place vote.

The perceived pecking order behind the Trojans is Utah, Arizona, UCLA, Colorado and Arizona State.

Washington received 37 votes to win the Pac-12 championship game on Nov. 30 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., with USC (two), Oregon (one), Stanford (one) and UCLA (one) also receiving at least one vote.

The Ducks will be represented by coach Mario Cristobal, quarterback Justin Herbert and defensive end Jalen Jelks at the Pac-12 media day event on Wednesday in Hollywood.

 

2018 Pac-12 preseason media poll

North Division

1. Washington (40) 249

2. Stanford (1) 198

3. Oregon (1) 178

4. California 108

5. Washington State 98

6. Oregon State 45

South Division

1. USC (22) 225

2. Utah (14) 209

3. Arizona (3) 178

4. UCLA (2) 116

5. Colorado (1) 80

6. Arizona State 72