Expectations are sky-high for the Utes this season with a number of returning starters coming back on both sides of the ball.
For the first time in program history, the Utes were not only picked to win the Pac-12 South Division, but were also picked by media members to win the Pac-12 championship game this year.
In the annual poll at Pac-12 Media Day, the Utes (206 points) were the overwhelming favorites to repeat as Pac-12 South Champions, ahead of USC (167), UCLA (118) and Arizona State (118), which finished second and third respectively.
The Utes received 12 votes and were picked to win the Pac-12 Championship over Oregon (11) and defending Pac-12 Champion Washington (9).
Since the conference started, the media has correctly selected the Conference Champion 31 out of 58 times.
|North Division||South Division|
|1st) Oregon (17)||190||1st) Utah (33)||206|
|2nd) Washington (17)||189||2nd) USC (2)||167|
|3rd) Stanford||129||T-3rd) Arizona State||118|
|4th) Washington State (1)||108||T-3rd) UCLA||118|
|5th) California||81||5th) Arizona||85|
|6th) Oregon State||38||6th) Colorado||46|
PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Utah (12 votes)
Others receiving votes: Oregon (11), Washington (9), USC (2), Washington State (1)
The 2019 Pac-12 Football Championship Game will take place Friday, Dec. 6 at Levi’s Stadium and will be televised on ABC at 5 p.m. PT.