CULVER CITY, Calif. - Arizona State was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 South in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. The Sun Devils received 10 first-place votes and 130 total points, the fourth most points of any team.
Oregon is the favorite to win the 2013 Pac-12 Conference football title in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. The Ducks were listed in the top spot in the North Division by 15 of the 26 voters participating in the poll, collecting 145 points. Fourteen of those pollsters tabbed the Ducks to come out on top in the Pac-12 Championship Game. STANFORD was picked to finish second in the North Division, collecting 11 first-place votes in the balloting for the division race.
UCLA was picked to win the South Division, garnering 135 points and 12 first-place votes, while ARIZONA STATE, which tallied 10 first-place votes, and collected 130 points, was pegged a close second in this year’s poll. USC was predicted by the voters to finish third in the South Division, claiming the remaining four first place votes.
The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 28 of 52 previous polls, including 11 of the last 13. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
Oregon (15) 145
Stanford (11) 139
Oregon State 95
Washington State 33
UCLA (12) 135
Arizona State (10) 130
USC (4) 117
PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Oregon (14 votes)
Others receiving votes: Stanford (8), UCLA (3)
The 2013 Pac-12 Championship Football Game will take place Saturday, December 7 at 4:45 p.m. or 5 p.m. PT and telecast to a national audience on ESPN or ABC. The Championship game will match the winner of the North Division vs. the winner of the South Division. The game will be played on the campus of the division winner with the best overall conference record. The winner of the Pac-12 Championship will earn the league’s automatic BCS berth.
ASU opens the 2013 season on Sept. 5 at Sun Devil Stadium against Sacramento State and hosts Big 10 champion Wisconsin on Sept. 14 before opening Pac-12 Conference play on the road against Rose Bowl Champion Stanford on Sept. 21.
The Sun Devils' remaining home schedule includes USC on Sept. 28, Colorado on Oct. 12, Washington on Oct. 19 and Oregon State on Nov. 16 before closing out the season against Arizona on Nov. 30. ASU will travel to Washington State on Halloween for its only Thursday night game of the year before making trips to Salt Lake City and Los Angeles to face Utah on Nov. 9 and UCLA on Nov. 23, respectively.
POLL NOTES: Preseason media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 28 of 52 times and has been very accurate of late, correctly identifying the Conference champion in 11 of the last 13 years … Oregon is picked to win the league for the third time in four years, and fourth overall (2001, 2010, 2011, 2013). The prognosticators were correct the first three times they slotted the Ducks first.