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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Media picks USC to win Pac-12

By Kevin Gemmell

The Pac-12 media has picked USC to win the conference championship. The annual poll, released Tuesday morning to kick off the media day events, has the Trojans claiming the conference title with 102 votes and the South Division with 117 first-place votes.

Oregon, picked to win the North Division with 117 first-place votes, received 18 votes to win the conference title game. Arizona State received three votes.

Here’s the breakdown of the divisions (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):

North
  1. Oregon (117), 732
  2. Stanford (5), 533
  3. Washington, 502
  4. California (1), 382
  5. Washington State, 228
  6. Oregon State, 205
South
  1. USC (117), 729
  2. Utah (1), 514
  3. UCLA (2), 435
  4. Arizona, 385
  5. Arizona State (3), 353
  6. Colorado, 164
Pac-12 title game champion: USC (102 votes), Oregon (18), Arizona State (3).

For what it’s worth, the preseason media poll has correctly predicted the conference champion 28 of 51 times, including 11 of the last 12.

This is the 31st time USC has been predicted to win the conference, with it actually coming to fruition 18 times.