With achievements come high expectations. In sports just about every team can be king of the hill for a day. The difficulty is staying top dog from one season to the next. That is the question being asked Husky head coach Chris Petersen and his team after last years Conference winning season and College Football Playoffs 24 to 7 Semi-final loss to Alabama.
The question is a resounding yes according to the 2017 preseason Media Poll.Washington has been chosen as the favorite to win the Pac-12 North in the annual preseason media poll, announced this morning at the conference’s football media days.
The Huskies, who won the division and conference titles last year, received 49 out of a possible 52 first-place votes in the poll. USC also received 49 out of 52 first-place votes to win the Southern Division. The Trojans were listed as the favorite to win the overall Pac-12 championship, with 28 votes. Washington was second-favorite with 22.
Washington opens the 2017 season Friday, Sept. 1, at Rutgers. The Huskies open fall camp on Monday.
Here is the complete Pac-12 Football preseason media poll:
1. Washington (49): 309 points
2. Stanford (1): 247
3. Washington State (1): 206
4. Oregon (1): 163
5. Oregon State: 101
6. California: 64
1. USC (49): 309
2. Utah (1): 220
3. UCLA (1): 209
4. Colorado (1): 182
5. Arizona State: 109
6. Arizona: 61
PAC-12 TITLE GAME CHAMPION: USC (28 votes)
Others receiving votes: Washington (22), Oregon (1), Utah (1)