Ahead of Pac-12 Media Day, which takes place Friday, the Conference of Champions has released its projected preseason standings poll compiled with votes from the media. According to the Pac-12, the media has correctly selected the conference champion in 32 of 61 previous polls and has done so five times since the incorporation of a championship game, which will kick off for the 12th time in December.
There’s no surprise that among the top slots reside Utah, Oregon, USC and UCLA, but whether it be who becomes champion or what happens throughout the conference as a whole, 2022 is a tough one to predict.
In the release, the Pac-12 gave a reminder that using divisions to determine who competes in the conference title game is no longer a thing.
“This will be the first season that the Pac-12 Football Championship Game will be played between the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage,” the conference said in a statement. “This change came about following the NCAA Division I Council decision in May to deregulate the rule that had limited an individual conference’s autonomy to determine their football championship game participants. It was based on a motion brought by the Pac-12 and unanimously supported by all FBS conferences.”
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Below is the projected Pac-12 standings, counting from No. 12 down to No. 1.