Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Media rankings for nonconference schedule
By ESPN.com staff
We've told you about the preseason Pac-12 media poll, which projected things as most folks believed it would. But what about all the other media polls out there for teams that cross paths with Pac-12 teams this fall?
Don't worry. We are here to help.
The Pac-12 has dates with the preseason SEC (LSU-Washington) and Big Ten (Wisconsin-Oregon State) favorites, but there also is plenty of mediocrity on the nonconference slate this season. There's only one game between the conference and the ACC (Duke-Stanford) and Big 12 (Oklahoma State-Arizona). There's two between the Pac-12 and SEC because Missouri (Arizona State) switched its affiliation away from the Big 12.
And it's clear the Big Ten, the Pac-12's Rose Bowl rival, is still the chief partner for quality nonconference action. There also are dates with Illinois (Arizona State), Ohio State (California) and Nebraska (UCLA).
There also are seven dates with the Mountain West Conference: Colorado State (Colorado), Fresno State (Oregon, Colorado), Nevada (California), Hawaii (USC), San Diego State (Washington State) and UNLV (Washington State).
BYU and Notre Dame, as Independents, aren't in preseason media polls. FCS teams aren't included
Arizona: Toledo (first in MAC West Division); Oklahoma State (fourth in Big 12)
Arizona State: Illinois (fourth in the Big Ten Leaders Division); Missouri (fourth in SEC East)
California: Nevada (second in Mountain West); Ohio State (second in Big Ten Leaders Division);
Colorado: Colorado State (eighth in Mountain West); Fresno State (third in Mountain West)
Oregon: Arkansas State (second in Sun Belt); Fresno State (third in Mountain West)
Oregon State: Wisconsin (first in Big Ten Leaders Division)
Stanford: San Jose State (third in WAC); Duke (last in ACC Coastal Division)
UCLA: Rice (fifth in Conference USA West Division); Nebraska (first in Big Ten Legends Division; Big Ten champs); Houston (first in Conference USA West Division)
USC: Hawaii (seventh in Mountain West), Syracuse (seventh in Big East)
Utah: Utah State (second in WAC)
Washington: San Diego State (fifth in Mountain West); LSU (first in SEC West, SEC champs)
Washington State: UNLV (ninth in Mountain West)