HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Media members who cover the Pac-12 apparently aren't buying that the Oregon Ducks will make a dramatic turnaround in 2017 under first-year coach Willie Taggart.
The media has picked Oregon to finish fourth in the Pac-12 North behind Washington, Stanford and Washington State. OSU is picked to finish fifth. Results were announced today just hours before Pac-12 Media Days begin in Hollywood, Calif.
The prediction flies in the face of the Las Vegas betting odds that have the over/under for Oregon's win totals at eight. Although it's mathematically possible for the Ducks, 4-8 last season, to go 8-4 and still finish fourth in the Pac-12 North the chances of that occurring are slim.
Cal finished fourth in the Pac-12 North last year with a 5-7 record, 3-6 in the conference. Arizona State placed fourth in the South, also with a 5-7 record (2-7 overall).
What's curious is that one pollster picked Oregon to win the North and the Pac-12 title game.
The media picked USC to win the South and the Pac-12 championship.
Here are the polling results:
1. Washington (49 1st votes)
2. Stanford (1)
3. Washington State (1)
4. Oregon (1)
5. Oregon State
1. USC (49)
2. Utah (1)
3. UCLA (1)
4. Colorado (1)
5. Arizona State
PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: USC (28 votes), Washington (22), Oregon (1), Utah (1).