For the second straight year, UCLA was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 preseason behind Arizona.
The gap between them, though, was a little larger. A few months before winning the conference, the Bruins finished just one point behind the Wildcats in the poll, and actually edged them with 16 first-place votes to 15. This year, Arizona took 21 first-place votes to UCLA’s one.
The media have correctly selected the winner 12 times in 21 tries.
Colorado also received a first-place vote. USC was picked to finish 11th in its first season under head coach Andy Enfield.
Here are the full results of the Pac-12 preseason media poll, with first-place votes in parentheses. Few surprises down the line, as Oregon was named both the North Division and conference favorite. UCLA was named the South Division favorite, and also receive three votes as the Pac-12 champion.