PAC-12 Media Pick Utah To Repeat As Champs

July 31, 2022 by Courtesy

UTAH has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2022 Pac-12 Conference Championship, presented by 76®, in a vote of 33 media members who cover the league. The defending Pac-12 champion Utes received 26 of the 33 first-place votes to earn the preseason nod.

OREGON, who faced Utah in the 2021 championship game, received two first-place votes and the second most overall points to edge out USC, despite the Trojans having more first-place votes (five).

This will be the first season that the Pac-12 Football Championship Game will be played between the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage.  This change came about following the NCAA Division I Council decision in May to deregulate the rule that had limited an individual conference's autonomy to determine their football championship game participants.  It was based on a motion brought by the Pac-12 and unanimously supported by all FBS conferences.

The media has correctly selected the Conference Champion in just 32 of 61 previous preseason polls, including five times in the PAC-12's 11-year conference championship game era.

2022 Pac-12 Football Media Day was held in Los Angeles on Friday, July 29.

Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 with first-place votes in parentheses):

  Total Points
1.  Utah (26) 384
2.  Oregon (2) 345
3.  USC (5) 341
4.  UCLA 289
5.  Oregon State 246
6.  Washington 212
7.  Washington State 177
8.  Stanford 159
9.  California 154
10.  Arizona State 123
11.  Arizona 86
12.  Colorado 58