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Pac-12 media day: Cal picked 5th in North

Not surprisingly, Cal was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North in the media poll released Friday at media day at Sony Pictures Studios.

“I’m not surprised,” linebacker Nick Forbes said. “We lost a couple key guys and we were 3-9 so we’re going to get dumped. We’ve been working tremendously hard in the offseason and we’re coming together as a team.

“Nobody expects or dreams to be bottom of the Pac. We’re doing the things it’s going to take for us to be successful.”

Oregon was tabbed first in the North, earning 14 first-place votes and 139 total votes. The Ducks edged defending Rose Bowl champion Stanford, which was picked second in the North with 11 first-place votes and 134 total points.

The Ducks also were projected to win the Pac-12 title game.

UCLA won a close vote for the South title over Arizona State. The Bruins earned 12 first-place votes and 130 total points, with ASU securing nine first-place ballots and 124 points.

Here’s the poll:

Pac-12 Football Media Poll

NORTH: 1. Oregon (14) 139 points; 2. Stanford (11) 134; 3. Oregon State 91; 4. Washington 81; 5. Cal 45; 6. Washington State (32).

SOUTH: 1. UCLA (12) 130; 2. Arizona State (9) 124; 3. USC (4) 113; 4. Arizona 73; 5. Utah 58; 6. Colorado 27.

Jeff Faraudo

  • bigdruid

    Wow, OSU over UW? Woof, indeed…

  • rollonubears

    OSU was a fluke. Riley’s done.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    5th out of 12 ain’t bad.

    Oh, . . . , North, . . . nevermind.

  • Larry

    Why 5th? Why not 6th?

  • BlueNGold

    Pre season rankings are curious. If you pick wrong you are called an idiot. If you pick right a lot of people will say it was obvious and anyone could see it. In Cal’s case, I think its a battle against perceptions based on the recent past. But Cal has to overcome those perceptions; not only for the team to be successful but also to attract fans to the games, which is an economic necessity. I hope Coach Sonny is up to the task.