HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—OREGON is the favorite to win the 2014 Pac-12 Conference football title in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. The Ducks were listed in the top spot of the South Division by 37 of 39 voters participating in the poll, collecting 232 points. Twenty-four of the pollsters picked Oregon to come out on top in the Pac-12 Championship game. UCLA received the second most Champion votes with 13 pollsters picking the Bruins to win the Pac-12 Championship game. The Bruins were the top choice for the South Division by 37 of 39 voters participating, collecting 231 points.
2013 North Division winner STANFORD was picked to finish second in the North Division, collecting 192 points. USC was picked to finish second in the South Division after tallying 181 points, just ahead of reigning South Division winner ARIZONA STATE, who tallied 163 points and was predicted to finish third.
The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 28 of 53 previous polls, including 11 of the last 14. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
|North Division||South Division|
|1. Oregon (37)||232||1. UCLA (37)||231|
|2. Stanford (2)||192||2. USC (1)||181|
|3. Washington||142||3. Arizona State (1)||163|
|4. Oregon State||125||4. Arizona||119|
|5. Washington State||87||5. Utah||82|
|6. California||41||6. Colorado||43|
PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Oregon (24 votes)Others receiving votes: UCLA (13), Stanford (1), USC (1)
The 2014 Pac-12 Championship Football Game will take place Friday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. PT and will be telecast to a national audience on FOX. The Championship game will match the winner of the North Division vs. the winner of the South Division at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
POLL NOTES: Oregon is picked to win the league for the fourth time in five years, and fifth overall (2001, 2010-11, 2013–14).