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2005 Pac-10 Pre-Season Media Poll
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/04/2005

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):

1. USC (41) 410
2. California 300
3. Arizona State 296
4. Oregon 290
5. UCLA 282
6. Washington State 189
7. Oregon State 159
8. Arizona 131
9. Stanford 106
10. Washington 92

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
YearMedia Poll PickActual FinishRose Bowl/
BCS Representative
Predicted Finish
1961UCLA1stUCLA1st
1962Washington2ndUSC2nd
1963USC2ndWashington2nd
1964Washington3rdOregon State6th
1965USC2ndUCLA7th
1966USC1stUSC1st
1967USC1stUSC1st
1968USC1stUSC1st
1969USC1stUSC1st
1970USC6thStanford2nd
1971USC2ndStanford2nd
1972USC1stUSC1st
1973USC1stUSC1st
1974USC1stUSC1st
1975USC5thUCLA3rd
1976USC1stUSC1st
1977USC2ndWashington3rd
1978USC1stUSC1st
1979USC1stUSC1st
1980USC3rdWashington3rd
1981USC2ndWashington4th
1982USC3rdUCLA3rd
1983Arizona5thUCLA5th
1984UCLA3rdUSC3rd
1985USC4thUCLA5th
1986UCLA2ndArizona State4th
1987UCLA2ndUSC4th
1988UCLA2ndUSC2nd
1989USC1stUSC1st
1990Washington1stWashington1st
1991Washington1stWashington1st
1992Washington1stWashington1st
1993Washington4thUCLA6th
1994Arizona2ndOregon8th
1995USC1stUSC1st
1996USC5thArizona State2nd
1997Washington4thWashington State7th
1998UCLA1stUCLA1st
1999Arizona6thStanford8th
2000Washington1stWashington1st
2001Oregon1stOregon1st
2002Washington St.1stWashington State1st
2003USC1stUSC1st
2004USC1stUSC1st
2005USC

Courtesy of the Pacific-10 Conference


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