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.
Survey says Stanford!@StanfordFball is the preseason media pick to win the #Pac12FB title. https://t.co/2zfEF6hp8H pic.twitter.com/w0XxGRKApB— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) July 14, 2016
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.