Media poll has Arizona State finishing 3rd, Arizona last in Pac-12 South

Jul 27, 2021, 9:07 AM
Running back Rachaad White #3 of the Arizona State Sun Devils scores on a 2-yard rushing touchdown ...
Running back Rachaad White #3 of the Arizona State Sun Devils scores on a 2-yard rushing touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats during the second half of the NCAAF game at Arizona Stadium on December 11, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. This years game is the 94th contest of the Territorial Cup. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The 2021 college football season is quickly approaching.

With Tuesday marking Pac-12 Media Day, the annual North and South division standings predictions were released.

The pundits have the Arizona State Sun Devils finishing third in the Pac-12 South this season, with the Arizona Wildcats coming in sixth under new head coach Jedd Fisch.

ASU did receive six first-place votes — tied with Utah for the second-most in the division — for a total of 170 points.

Arizona only garnered 41 points from voting media.

The poll has USC taking the Pac-12 South with 27 first-place votes and a total of 223 points, with Utah in second (183 points), UCLA in fourth (135 points) and Colorado in fifth (88 points).

UCLA also received one first-place vote.

Things weren’t quite as competitive in the Pac-12 North, as Oregon took the cake with 38 first-place votes for a total of 238 points.

Washington was the only other team in the division to receive first-place votes with two, as the Huskies were voted to finish in second place with a total of 189 points.

California (140), Stanford (137), Oregon State (71) and Washington State (65) rounded out the rest of the division.

The Pac-12 Championship Game — which is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas — is predicted to be a matchup between Oregon and either USC or Utah.

The Ducks received 27 conference-winning votes, while the Trojans picked up 10 and the Utes garnered three.

Arizona State kicks off its season on Sept. 2 at Sun Devil Stadium against Southern Utah, while Arizona begins the Fisch era at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas against BYU on Sept. 4.

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