ASU picked fifth in Pac-12 South
The Arizona State Sun Devils have undergone big-time transition since the last time they took the football field. Todd Graham was hired as the new head coach following a disappointing 2011 campaign that ended with five consecutive losses. Quarterback Brock Osweiler bolted for the NFL, leaving a collection of unproven candidates to vie for the Devils' signal-calling duties.
So it's no surprise the Sun Devils were picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 South in the conference's preseason media poll which was released Tuesday as part of Pac- 12 Media Day in Universal City, California.
USC is the overwhelming favorite in the South, picking up 117 out of 123 first place votes. Utah was picked to finish second, followed by UCLA, Arizona, ASU and Colorado.
The Oregon Ducks were the vogue choice in the North, gaining 117 first place votes. The defending conference champs were followed by Stanford, Washington, California, Washington State and Oregon State.
Interestingly enough, only three teams were picked to win the Pac-12 Championship Game: USC got 102 votes, Oregon got 18 and Arizona State got three.
Hmm...maybe those three know something the rest of us don't know?
Pac-12 Preseason Poll
1. USC Trojans (117 first place votes) 729
2. Utah Utes (1) 514
3. UCLA Bruins (2) 485
4. Arizona Wildcats 385
5. Arizona State Sun Devils (3) 353
6. Colorado Buffaloes 164
1. Oregon Ducks (117) 732
2. Stanford Cardinal (5) 533
3. Washington Huskies 502
4. California Bears (1) 382
5. Washington State Cougars 228
6. Oregon State Beavers 205
- Steve Patterson, ASU athletic director - Tuesday May 21Patterson talks about potential Pac-12 Bowl changes and how the NBA Lottery really works
- Steve Patterson, ASU athletic director - Tuesday May 14Patterson talks to the guys about the Territorial Cup & scheduling with Notre Dame Football
- Steve Patterson, ASU athletic director - Tuesday May 7Patterson talks to Doug & Wolf about the state of Sun Devil Athletics
- Steve Patterson, ASU Athletic Director - Thursday May 2Doug and Wolf talk to Patterson about the latest news coming out of the Pac-12 meetings.
- Brandon Magee , Former ASU Linebacker - Wednesday May 1Doug & Wolf ask Brandon Magee about signing with the Cowboys after going undrafted.