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Stanford selected to win Pac-12 Championship; Colorado picked 11th

Yearly preseason media poll shows Colorado coming in second to last in conference play

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The annual gathering for the Pac-12's football media day kicked off with the Stanford Cardinal being selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2016 conference title. It was the first time in the 56-year history of preseason voting that Stanford was chosen to win by a majority of the 33 media members.

The Colorado Buffaloes came in eleventh overall in front of the Oregon State Beavers who finished last, swapping places from last season's poll. The teams faced off last season in Corvallis and it was CU's lone conference win of the season. Even though it's preseason, this is still progress for the Buffs, who have the opportunity to prove critics wrong after the season's end.

Here's how the all the teams finished in the poll.

North Division Points South Division Points
1. Stanford (24) 186 1. UCLA (19) 180
2. Washington (8) 163 2. USC (12) 173
3. Oregon (1) 132 3. Utah (2) 127
4. Washington State 112 4. Arizona 87
5. California 67 5. Arizona State 85
6. Oregon State 33 6. Colorado 63

* () Denotes first place votes

Pac-12 media members have correctly selected a champion in 29 out of the past 55 polls, and just three times in the last ten polls. The 2016 Pac-12 Football Championship is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California and will be nationally televised on FOX.