LOS ANGELES – USC was chosen the favorite to win the 2017 Pac-12 Conference football title in a vote of 52 media members who cover Pac-12 football. The Trojans received 28 votes to earn the preseason favorite pick over defending Pac-12 Champion WASHINGTON, which received 22 votes. Both the Trojans and Huskies garnered 49 first-place votes and 309 points to hold down the top spots in their respective divisions.

STANFORD holds firmly to second in the North Division after collecting one first-place vote and 247 points. WASHINGTON STATE and OREGON picked up the two remaining first-place votes in the North Division.In what appears to be a tightly-contested race for second in the South Division, UTAH (220 points) edges UCLA (209) and COLORADO (182). All three received one first-place vote in the South.

The media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 29 of 56 previous polls, but only twice in the last 10 polls. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):


1. Washington (49)

2. Stanford (1)

3. Washington State (1)

4. Oregon (1)

5. Oregon State

6. California


1. USC (49)

2. Utah (1)

3. UCLA (1)

4. Colorado (1)

5. Arizona State

6. Arizona