Stanford picked for second in Pac-12 media poll


Stanford football was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Conference North Division, as announced Thursday when the league released its preseason football media poll. The Cardinal garnered one vote to win the conference title.

Stanford won back-to-back Pac-12 crowns in 2012 and 2013, beating UCLA and Arizona State, respectively, in the conference title games. The Cardinal has appeared in six consecutive postseason bowl games, including back-to-back Rose Bowls in 2013-14, and has posted eight or more wins in six straight seasons.

For the first time since 2012, USC was picked to win the 2015 Pac-12 title. The Trojans received 21 first-place votes, while Oregon collected 17. Arizona State had three, UCLA received two with one vote going to the Cardinal.

Defending champion Oregon picked up 262 points and 37 first-place votes to win the Pac-12 North Division. Stanford was chosen second with 231 points and eight first-place votes, while Cal was third with 174 points.

Stanford was also ranked No. 21 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, marking the fourth consecutive season in which the Cardinal has been included among the nation's top 25 teams.

Defending national champion Ohio State was the No. 1 pick, followed by TCU, Alabama, Baylor, Oregon, Michigan State, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and USC.

Rounding out the top 20 are Notre Dame, Clemson, LSU, UCLA, Mississippi, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Six other Pac-12 teams cracked the top 25, including Oregon (5), USC (10), UCLA (14), Arizona State (16) and Arizona (22).

Stanford will face five opponents ranked among the top 25 in the preseason poll: Oregon, USC, Notre Dame (11), UCLA and Arizona.

Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll

North Division

1. Oregon (37)

2. Stanford (8)

3. California

4. Washington

5. Washington State

6. Oregon State

South Division

1. USC (37)

2. Arizona State (7)

3. UCLA (6)

4. Arizona

5. Utah

6. Colorado

(Numbers in parentheses indicate first-place votes)

— Stanford Athletics

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