UCLA has been pegged as the favorite to win the South Division this fall, according to the preseason media poll released Thursday to kick off Pac-12 Media Days.
The Bruins received 19 of 33 first-place votes, edging out rival USC, which received 12. Stanford is considered the favorite to win the conference title, earning 24 first-place votes to capture the North Division.
UCLA, with three votes, came in fourth in the Pac-12 Title Game championship tally behind the Cardinal (20), Trojans (5) and Washington Huskies (4).
According to the Pac-12, the media poll has correctly selected the conference champion in 29 of 55 previous polls, but only twice in the last nine polls. The last two times the Bruins were favorites in their division (2013 and 2014), they went on to finish in a tie for second place both years. UCLA has not won the Pac-12 South since 2012.