The preseason Pac-12 media poll …

UCLA football single-game tickets went on sale today, which makes it just as good as any to fill out the annual Pac-12 Media Poll.

Here it goes …

North Division

1. Oregon — Mark Helfrich hasn’t proven that he can keep the Ducks in perennial title contention, but the return of star quarterback Marcus Mariota

2. Stanford — The Cardinal never seem to drop off, but losing three All-Pac-12 offensive lineman — including consensus All-American David Yankey — and four all-conference first-team defenders might be enough to knock them down a bit.

3. Washington — An eight-year run at Boise State ended with an eight-win season, the only time Chris Petersen failed to notch double-digit wins as a head coach. Matching that total in the tougher Pac-12 would be a decent debut for him.

4. Oregon State — The Beavers aren’t as formidable as they were six to eight years ago, but head coach Mike Riley gets a relatively friendly schedule as well as the return of quarterback Sean Mannion — who is 1,891 yards away from Matt Barkley’s Pac-12 career passing record (12,327).

5. Washington State — WSU only has one string of consecutive bowl appearances in program history, making the Sun, Rose and Holiday Bowls from 2001 to 2003. They have a decent shot to return to the postseason after last year’s New Mexico Bowl loss, but need to pull a few upsets along the way.

6. Cal — The Bears will likely win more than one game, but more than three seems optimistic.

South Division

1. UCLA — Given the Bruins’ growing status as a trendy pick for the College Football Playoff, not winning at least the Pac-12 South would be a tremendous disappointment.

2. USC — Steve Sarkisian has never won more than five conference games as head coach, but USC’s late-season resurgence under interim coach Ed Orgeron proved there’s plenty of talent left on the roster.

3. Arizona State — A defense that ranked seventh nationally in turnover margin last season loses most of its stars, but quarterback Taylor Kelly should end his career with some of ASU’s all-time passing records.

4. Arizona — Somewhat surprisingly, the Wildcats have never had a first-team all-conference quarterback since joining the then-Pac-10 in 1978. This won’t be the year the streak ends; after overseeing the Pac-12′s most anemic passing offense last season, Rich Rodriguez must choose between a pair of transfers in Jesse Scroggins (USC) and Connor Brewer (Texas), or opt for redshirt freshman Anu Solomon.

5. Utah — Not sold that Utah has found stability at quarterback, even if Travis Wilson has been cleared for contact. The Utes do have arguably the best kicker/punter combo in the conference in Andy Phillips and Tom Hackett.

6. Colorado — The Buffaloes made the right hire in Mike MacIntyre, but Year 3 will be a better bet for a breakthrough season.

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  • ProbationU

    Hope you didn’t wear yourself out with your 2nd post in 4 days. Must have been busy scouting the Cal Bears.

    • IIWIICUB

      it’s kind of a slow time of year. is there a story he missed?

      • ProbationU

        He might have done a more in depth analysis of the players..some background info…updates on other potential recruits. You know…investigating…interviewing people and reporting.

        Look how much his counterpart on the SC site posts things.

        • drakejr

          I don’t blame him for taking the time off. Though it must be giving ESPN’s PAC12 blog fits to not be able to link to Jack every day. Jack may only post once a day, but the 4 letter network just copies his work.

      • VB

        The point a blog not to necessarily create stories year-round, but to give the readers something to gnaw on when times are slow. If I wanted “stories,” I would go to the LA Times. What Wang needs to do is figure out how to whet the appetites of his readers by doing concise, interesting posts on a daily basis, like Dohn used to to do. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just go back in the archive and look at the product Dohn produced. That man was devoted to his job. Jon Gold and Wang are lazy products of the younger generation who are just buying their time at the DN until they can jump ship for a larger agency.

        • IIWIICUB

          doing that here is not worth wang’s time. BRO has pretty much cornered the market for stuff like that and UCLA coverage in general anyway. the people who want that type of stuff know where to get it (not here).

          • VB

            So, I’m curious. Why do you come to this site then? It is a slow time for news and Wang is MIA.

          • IIWIICUB

            nostalgia for the dohn days.

          • VB

            ROFL

  • VB

    Okay, the Oregon synopsis ends with an incomplete sentence: “but the return of Marcus Mariota…” ?????

    • UB

      C’mon now VB, comparing Wang to Dohn — or even to Scott Wolf — does a disservice to the memory of Brian! Would you compare a Pop Warner QB to Brett Hundley? :)

  • Charles Lee Brady

    Sounds good to me. GO BRUINS!!!!!!!