LOS ANGELES - Arizona is tabbed for fourth place in the Pacific 12 Conference South in 2012, per the voting participants at media day. The Wildcats garnered 385 points, edging out rival Arizona State's 353, and well ahead of projected cellar dweller Colorado's 164. However, ASU earned three first place votes. UA had none.
Ahead of UA are UCLA (435), Utah (514) and overwhelming favorite USC (729). The Trojans' 729 points were just three below North favorite and three-time reigning conference champion Oregon.
USC was a runaway pick to take the second-ever Pac-12 title game, registering 102 votes to UO's 18. The same three voters who had ASU winning the South also project the Sun Devils to win the conference title.
The Ducks and Trojans each commanded 117 first place votes. Trailing UO in the North are Stanford (533), Washington (502), Cal (382), Washington State (228) and Oregon State (205). SU had five first place votes, and Cal one.
USC returns to the top of the pre-season media poll after an uncharacteristic two-season layoff. The Trojans were the media's pick every campaign from 2003 through 2009, only failing to prove voters prophetic the final season.