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):
|1. Utah (26)||384|
|2. Oregon (2)||345|
|3. USC (5)||341|
|5. Oregon State||246|
|7. Washington State||177|
|10. Arizona State||123|