Utah Picked Second In PAC-12 South

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For the second consecutive year, the Utah Utes were picked to finish second in the Pac-12 South Division.

The PAC-12 Preseason Media Poll was announced this morning with voters giving the Utes (209) getting plenty of respect as they sit right behind USC (225), the reigning champs. The 14 first-place votes for the Utes was the most ever for the program in the preseason poll.

Projected to finish second in the South again, the Utes tied its best preseason media ranking since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. USC was picked to finish first in the South for the second consecutive year, earning 22 first-place votes, while the Utes notched 14 first-place votes.

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Arizona (178) was picked third with UCLA (116), Colorado (80) and Arizona State (72) rounding out the South Division.

In the North Division, Washington was the overwhelming pick as the Huskies received 40 first-place votes and were also chosen to win the Pac-12 Championship game.

Voters expect Stanford (198) to finish second with Oregon (178), California (108), Washington State (98) and Oregon State (45) roundinng out the North Division.

Chase Hansen, Lo Falemaka and head coach Kyle Whittingham represented the Utes at Pac-12 Media Day. The start of fall camp begins on Aug. 1.

NotesThe media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 30 of 57 previous polls, but only three times in the last 11 polls. The Pac-12 Football Championship Game will take place Friday, Nov. 30 and will be telecast nationally on FOX at 5 p.m. PT.

South Division

1.   USC (22)…………….. 225

2.   Utah (14)…………….. 209

3.   Arizona (3)…………… 178

4.   UCLA (2)……………… 116

5.   Colorado (1)…………… 80

6.   Arizona State………….. 72

North Division

1.  Washington (40)………… 249

2.   Stanford (1)…………….. 198

3.   Oregon (1)………………. 178

4.   California………………… 108

5.   Washington State………. 98

6.   Oregon State……………. 45

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