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Stanford tops the Pac-12 conference football media preseason poll after last year's Rose Bowl win.

By SI Wire
July 14, 2016

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Stanford has been voted the preseason favorite to win the 2016 Pac-12 Conference football title or the first time in the 56-year history of the media’s conference preseason poll.

The Cardinal received 28 of 33 first-place votes for the North Division. UCLA topped the South Division with 19 first-place votes. Washington and Oregon received other first place votes in the North as USC and Utah trailed UCLA in the South.

Stanford finished last season with the No. 3 ranking in the coaches' poll, which is the highest in the school's history. They finished last season 12–2 with a win in the Rose Bowl over Iowa.

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Below are the results of the preseason poll:

North Division

1. Stanford (24) 186

2. Washington (8) 163

3. Oregon (1) 132

4. Washington State 112

5. California 67

6. Oregon State 33

South South

1. UCLA (19) 180

2. USC (12) 173

3. Utah (2) 127

4. Arizona 87

5. Arizona State 85

6. Colorado 63

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