HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Colorado has been projected to finish fifth in the Pac-12 South division by media that covers the conference.

In the poll, released Wednesday at Pac-12 media day at the Hollywood & Highland, projected North division champion Washington was picked to defeat projected South champion Southern California in the conference title game.

The Buffaloes, coming off a 5-7 season (2-7 Pac-12), have finished last in the South in six of their seven seasons in the conference. The South champs in 2016, CU had been projected last every year from 2011-16.

For the second year in a row, the Buffs avoided the bottom and also received a first-place vote. A year ago, the Buffs were picked to finish fourth.

USC, the defending conference champion, received 22 first-place votes and 225 total points to win the South, with Utah finishing a close second. The Utes, the only South team to never win the division, received 14 first-place votes and 209 total points.

Arizona wasn't far behind, with 178 points and three first-place votes. UCLA (116 points), Colorado (80 points) and Arizona State (72) round out the South.

In the North, Washington received 40 of 42 first-place votes and 249 total points to win the division and 37 votes to win the conference title game. Stanford (198 points) was picked second, followed by Oregon (178), California (108), Washington State (98) and Oregon State (45).


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In 57 previous polls, the media has correctly projected the champion 30 times, but one three times in the last 11 years.

Pac-12 preseason media poll

South Division

1. USC (22).................. 225

2. Utah (14)................. 209

3. Arizona (3)............... 178

4. UCLA (2).................. 116

5. Colorado (1)............... 80

6. Arizona State.............. 72

North Division

1. Washington (40)......... 249

2. Stanford (1)................. 198

3. Oregon (1)................... 178

4. California..................... 108

5. Washington State.......... 98

6. Oregon State.................. 45

PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: Washington (37 votes)

Others receiving votes: USC (2), Oregon (1), Stanford (1), UCLA (1)

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.