We knew that the Colorado Buffaloes would likely be near the bottom of the Pac-12 preseason polls in Mel Tucker’s first season. At the bottom is where they ended up in today’s release of the Pac-12 preseason media poll, finishing with the least votes in the South, more than only Oregon State from the North Division. Yes, the Buffaloes were chosen sixth in 2016 when they were able to shock the nation and claim and division title. In the end it’s a mostly meaningless exercise that means that football is right around the corner.
Utah was chosen the favorite to win the Pac-12 Conference. The Utes received 12 votes to earn the preseason nod, edging Oregon and defending Pac-12 Champion Washington. The Utes garnered 33 first-place votes to hold down the top spot in the Pac-12 South Division, while the Ducks and Huskies each collected 17 first-place votes, with Oregon securing the predicted North Division race by one point.
Utah was the overwhelming selection to capture the South Division ahead of USC, which picked up two votes to win the division.