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Trojans the media’s runaway favorite in preseason Pac-12 poll

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Yep, the start of a new season is right around the corner.

The Pac-12 Tuesday morning became the latest to release its preseason media poll, with the group covering that conference tabbing the USC Trojans as far and away the favorite to win the league title in 2012.

Of the 123 media members who took part in the poll, a total of 102 of them picked the Trojans to win the conference.  Defending conference champ Oregon was next with 18 votes, with Arizona State (?) (three) the only other school receiving votes.

Division-wise, the Trojans were, obviously, the prohibitive favorites to win the South with 117 first-place votes.  The Ducks are predicted to win the North in a landslide with the same number of votes.

Interestingly, Arizona State, picked by three individuals to win the Pac-12, was picked to finish fifth in its own division, ahead of only Colorado.

Anyway, below is the full list of voting results…

NORTH DIVISION
1. Oregon (117) 732
2. Stanford (5) 533
3. Washington 502
4. California (1) 382
5. Washington State 228
6. Oregon State 205

SOUTH DIVISION
1. USC (117) 729
2. Utah (1) 514
3. UCLA (2) 435
4. Arizona 385
5. Arizona State (3) 353
6. Colorado 164

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16 Responses to “Trojans the media’s runaway favorite in preseason Pac-12 poll”
  1. bertenheim says: Jul 24, 2012 4:59 PM

    I don’t want to jinx anyone who’s playing USC on Thursday Oct. 4.

  2. timh1955 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:59 PM

    A weak conference!

  3. mydixienormus says: Jul 24, 2012 5:21 PM

    Let me guess timh, you are a SEC fan…

  4. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 5:45 PM

    You are correct, mydixienormous.

    timh1955 loves how his conference schedules against the FCS and how most SEC teams play 8 home games.

    I think the SEC has some very good teams, but they are pretty top heavy as a conference. With that said, I don’t care how good you are because it is absolutely deplorable for FBS schools to schedule games against FCS.

  5. thraiderskin says: Jul 24, 2012 6:15 PM

    I’m glad USC is back…

  6. foreverlsu says: Jul 24, 2012 6:15 PM

    The SEC is top heavy?? Past USC, Oregon, and Stanford, what exactly does the Pac-12 offer?

    Truly can’t wait for Washington (North Division #3) to come to Baton Rouge on Sept. 8.

  7. bertenheim says: Jul 24, 2012 6:35 PM

    Setting aside LSU and Alabama, along with Oklahoma and USC, there are twenty teams outside the SEC that match up with any of the other twelve teams in the SEC.
    And they don’t play FCS teams in November.

  8. magoopaintrock says: Jul 24, 2012 6:59 PM

    Utah 31 – Alabama 17 in New Orleans.

  9. timh1955 says: Jul 24, 2012 8:05 PM

    The Utah game was four years ago and the last time I checked Bama has won two NC’s since then and the SEC has won the last six. How many has the PAC12 won? Either Alabama or LSU will win #7 in January.

  10. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:21 PM

    @timh1955

    Of course the SEC has won the last six. The BCS loves the SEC and hates the PAC 12 among other conferences. Everyone knows who belonged in the BCS national championship game in 2003. Yet Oklahoma doesn’t even win their conference and plays LSU. And in 2008 Vegas and many others had USC as the best team in the nation. In fact USC had the best defense in the nation, even better than last years Alabama and LSU’s defense. Which says a lot since USC has to play against high-powered offenses in the pack 12. Utah got snubbed by the BCS in 2004 in 2008. And Oregon got snubbed in 2001. I think everyone can agree or at least most of the BCS is a terrible system. Thus that is why it is being changed. And honestly the change is long overdue. I hope the new system is better because this one is terrible.
    Having said that I do really respect some SEC teams like Alabama. A lot of tradition there. But until these SEC teams stop scheduling against FCS schools it is very difficult to take them seriously

  11. papabush88 says: Jul 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    @foreverlsu

    I never said the PAC wasn’t top heavy. The addition of Colorado was a mistake. The pack 12 is definitely in rebuilding mode. When USC was dominant in there early to mid 2000s the pack 12 was awesome. The new coaches the many pack teams have are going to make this conference Great again.

  12. magoopaintrock says: Jul 25, 2012 12:46 AM

    I wasn’t talking about the Utah game from four years ago. That was my prediction for this year.

  13. omniusprime says: Jul 25, 2012 10:23 AM

    I like USC’s chances not just in the Pac-12 but for the national championship. Barkley will destroy any SEC pass defense this season. If Silas Redd is smart he’ll be transferring to Tailback U. rather than stay at Pedophile State.

    USC will Win National Championship in 2013!

  14. timh1955 says: Jul 25, 2012 12:55 PM

    Barkley is WAY overrated and USC doesn’t play ANY team with a defense like Bama or LSU. Either team would totally own USC.

  15. papabush88 says: Jul 25, 2012 3:18 PM

    @timh1955

    Barkley WAY overrated? I don’t think so. Maybe slightly overrated. At the same time, I know what he can and can’t do and my Heisman favorite is DeAnthony Thomas. Bama and LSU won’t be playing an offense as good as USC’s. USC’s defense is vastly underrated. Is it like 2011 Bama’s? No, but it’s good enough.

  16. timh1955 says: Mar 17, 2013 2:34 AM

    @papabush88

    Just curious if you still think USC’s offense was great in 2012. Alabama did in fact play several teams that had a MUCH better offense than USC’s. As a matter of fact MOST of the teams Bama played had a better offense and defense than USC. As long as you have Kiffin you will continue this downward spiral as he is total scum and a terrible coach and person.

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