USC picked by media as preseason Pac-12 title favorites
If the media is correct -- and when are they ever wrong? -- the Reign of the Duck will be a short one.
The results of the media’s preseason voting was released Thursday morning, with the voters determining that USC will win the 2015 Pac-12 championship. The Trojans received 21 of the 44 first-place votes submitted.
USC was far from an overwhelming favorite, though, as Oregon, the 2014 conference champion, was named on 17 first-place ballots. The only others receiving votes were Arizona State (three), UCLA (two) and Stanford (one).
Oregon and USC were overwhelming favorites to win their respective divisions, with the former receiving 37 first-place votes to win the North and the latter 32 to claim the South. As when it came to the overall conference championship, just three other schools received first-place votes: Stanford, which received eight to win the North, and Arizona State and UCLA, which received seven and six votes, respectively, to win the South.
(Writer’s note: I have no idea why the number of votes for Pac-12 champion totals 44, while the votes for divisional champions totals 45.)