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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
UCLA picked third in Pac-12 South

By Peter Yoon

UNIVERSAL CITY -- UCLA has been picked to finish third in the Pac-12 South Division in a poll of the conference media, the conference announced Tuesday during at its annual media day at Gibson Amphitheater.

The Bruins, the South Division runner up who represented the division in the inaugural conference title game last year because first-place USC was ineligible, received two first-place votes and 435 total points. USC, with 117 first-place votes and 729 points, was picked to win the division and the conference.

Oregon, the defending conference champion which defeated UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game last year, was picked to win the North Division. The media has correctly picked the Pac-12 champion in 11 of the last 12 years.

The complete poll, based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 point voting system:


1. Oregon (117 first-place votes) 732 points
2. Stanford (5) 533
3. Washington 502
4. California (1) 382
5. Washington State 228
6. Oregon State 205

1. USC (117) 729
2. Utah (1) 514
3. UCLA (2) 435
4. Arizona 385
5. Arizona State (3) 353
6. Colorado 164

Others receiving votes: Oregon (18), Arizona State (3)