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Win The Pac-12: Oregon Ducks picked as preseason media favorite

Marcus Mariota

Stanford has ruled supreme in the Pac-12 each of the past two seasons, but Oregon is picked to return to the top of the Pac-12 mountain in 2014. Oregon has been picked to finish first in the Pac-12 North Division, receiving 37 first-place votes in a media poll, and to win the Pac-12, receiving 24 out of a possible 39 votes.

Oregon ran away with first-place votes in the division voting. Two-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford received just two first-place votes in the north. Washington, Oregon State, Washington State and California followed in the Pac-12 North Division predictions, respectively. UCLA ended up running away with the Pac-12 South Division votes as well. The Bruins, among the more trendy College Football Playoff contenders this offseason, received 37 of 39 first-place votes in the South. USC and defending division champion Arizona State each received one. The Trojans are predicted to finish in second place in the south, followed by Arizona State, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

In a rematch of the first Pac-12 Championship Game in conference history, Oregon is predicted to once again top UCLA, receiving 24 votes to UCLA’s 13. Stanford and USC each received one Pac-12 championship vote from the media at Pac-12 media day. Oregon is also widely considered one of the top contenders for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Here are the Pac-12 predictions, as released by the Pac-12 Wednesday.


1. Oregon (37) 232

2. Stanford (2) 192

3. Washington 142

4. Oregon State 125

5. Washington State 87

6. California 41


1. UCLA (37) 231

2. USC (1) 181

3. Arizona State (1) 163

4. Arizona 119

5. Utah 82

6. Colorado 43

PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Oregon (24 votes)

Others receiving votes:  UCLA (13), Stanford (1), USC (1)

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6 Responses to “Win The Pac-12: Oregon Ducks picked as preseason media favorite”
  1. squackduckhawk says: Jul 23, 2014 1:23 PM


  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 23, 2014 2:48 PM

    I think this is Mariota’s year.
    I’m envisioning Heisman, PAC-12 Title, and Natty Appearance.
    And if Winston really is going back to school in 15, then possibly a #1 overall pick.

  3. blacknole08 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:26 PM

    I actually like Stanford winning the conference this year. They know how to play Oregon and exposed Mariota.

  4. th56 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:59 PM

    I actually like Stanford winning the conference this year. They know how to play Oregon and exposed Mariota.
    “exposed Mariota”? What exactly did they expose other than the fact that he had a knee injury when they played them?

  5. packerbadger says: Jul 28, 2014 1:55 PM

    Bought and paid for by NIKE. Ducks should have received death penalty for illegal recruiting. They would be a good fit in the $ECheat.

  6. pbinlostangeles says: Jul 28, 2014 8:36 PM

    UCLA – Most returning starters in the conference. Early on, Stanford hosts a VERY dangerous USC squad and plays @ Washington. Bruins get both the tree and the Univeristy-of-Los Angeles-at-Eugene (check their roster) in the Rose Bowl; and trust me, the Bruins have NOT forgotten that 2013 second-half beat down.
    The smart money would be that UCLA wins the Conference.
    BTW, Oregon does – among many, many others – retain an NCAA approved “special admissions” clause for student athletes; but hey, still gotta beat em. How else could they continue to get to So Cal talent to come there(?)

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