Coming off a 10-4 season and under a new regime, plenty of optimism and expectations have encompassed Troy.
Steve Sarkisian signed a nationally ranked recruiting class and will have an experienced Cody Kessler, among other offensive weapons at his disposal.
After finishing third in the Pac-12 South last season with a 6-3 conference record, the media selected USC to finish second in the division, behind crosstown rival UCLA. The Trojans received one first-place vote, as did Arizona State, who was selected to finish third in the South.
The Bruins received 37 first place votes and are projected to face Oregon in the conference championship game. The Ducks were the runaway selection in the north, also receiving 37 first-place votes with Stanford the only division opponent to receive votes.
This marks the fourth time in five years Oregon has been predicted by the media to win the conference title.
The Trojans opened conference play in 2013 with consecutive losses before defeating Arizona in their sixth game of the season. From that point, the Trojans didn’t suffer another conference loss until falling to the Bruins for the second consecutive year.
Oregon was picked as the conference champion with the Bruins coming in as the next favorite with 13 votes; the Cardinal and Trojans each received one vote .
After one season of being played on a Saturday, the Pac-12 Championship Football Game moves back to Friday and will be played on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. PT at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
1. UCLA (37)
2. USC (1)
3. Arizona State (1)
1. Oregon (37)
2. Stanford (2)
4. Oregon State
5. Washington State