STANFORD, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Noel Grigsby #23 of the San Jose State Spartans is tackled by Shayne Skov #11 and Johnson Bademosi #27 of the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
New year, same predictions.
Stanford may be without Andrew Luck, but the Cardinal was still tabbed to finish second in the Pac-12 North Division by a panel of 123 media members who cover the conference. Cal was picked to come in fourth -- exactly where both teams finished a year ago.
Oregon collected 117 of 123 first-place votes, while the Cardinal received five and the Golden Bears the remaining vote. USC was the pick out of the south and the Trojans also received 102 votes to win the second Pac-12 Championship game.
The Cardinal begins its season on Friday, Aug. 31, when it hosts San Jose State at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on the soon-to-launch Pac-12 Network. Cal’s season begins the next day when it re-opens Memorial Stadium against Nevada in a game that also can be viewed on the Pac-12 Network.
Preseason Pac-12 Media Poll
1. Oregon (117) 732
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
Pac-12 Title Game Champion: USC (102 votes)
Others receiving votes: Oregon (18), Arizona State (3)
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