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Oregon picked to win Pac-12

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Pac-12 Media Days started on Wednesday. In the event’s first display of the media’s expertise, or lack thereof, the annual Pac-12 preseason poll was released.
Oregon is predicted to win the conference, beating UCLA in the title game. Both teams collected 37 of a possible 39 first-place votes in their respective divisions.

Click here for a more extensive breakdown of the poll.

It comes as no surprise Oregon is favored, considering the Ducks have a top Heisman contender at quarterback in Marcus Mariota. Plus, they get Stanford at home and dodge USC and Arizona State altogether. Aside from the anything-goes Civil War in Corvallis, Oregon’s only tough road game is at UCLA.

Stanford’s physical style has given Oregon fits the last two years, but the Cardinal have tough road games at Oregon, UW, UCLA and Arizona State

Stanford is picked second in the Pac-12 North, followed by Washington, Oregon State, Washington State and California.

Micah Rice

Columbian Sports Editor Micah Rice is the author of Tailgate Talk: College football from a Clark County perspective.

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