Aug. 2, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - The 2005 Pac-10 pre-season media poll was released on Tuesday and defending national champion USC is the unanimous choice to win the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference football title in a vote of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. Stanford was picked ninth in the poll.
It marks the second consecutive year the Trojans have been a unanimous pick to win the title. USC, which garnered all 41 first-place votes in the annual poll, is both the two-time defending national and Pac-10 champion. The Trojans fashioned a 13-0 mark last season, capped by a 55-19 romp against Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship Game at the FedEx Orange Bowl.
Stanford finished 4-7 overall a year ago and tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with a 2-6 conference mark.
California, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA all received multiple second-place votes and were tightly bunched in the upper half of the poll. Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona were also selected ahead of the Cardinal, while Washington was behind Stanford in tenth.
The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 22 of 44 previous polls, including the last five years in a row. Following are the results of the 2005 pre-season media poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
POLL NOTES: Pre-season media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 22 of 44 times and has been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last five years in a row and six of the last seven. . . . Since the Pac-10 era began in 1978, no team had ever before received every first-place vote until USC has accomplished the feat in each of the last two years.
|PRE-SEASON PAC-10 FOOTBALL MEDIA POLL|
|Year||Media Poll Pick||Actual Finish||Rose Bowl/|
|2002||Washington St.||1st||Washington State||1st|
Courtesy of the Pacific-10 Conference