Following the National Championship Game, Connor Pelton and I delivered our way-too-early rendition of the AP Top 25 poll.
Today, Pelton and I are here to take a premature look at the Pac-12 and hand in our January ballots projecting how the conference standings will look in the preseason. In Monday night’s poll, we owned different views of the league; Pelton turned in his top-25 list including five Pac-12 schools, while mine featured three.
Considering the Conference of Champions went 3-3 this bowl season, I’m not so bullish on its current standing. History, however, favors those who are: The Pac-12 has boasted five or more teams ranked in the AP Preseason Top 25 ahead of each of the last four seasons.
Can the Pac-12 duplicate its recent success in the ballots this offseason? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, take a look at how we see the conference shaping up.
Pac-12 2017 Way-Too-Early Rankings
|1. USC (4)||1. USC (5)|
|2. Washington (9)||2. Stanford (15)|
|3. Stanford (16)||3. Washington (18)|
|4. Colorado (20)||4. Washington State|
|5. Utah (24)||5. Oregon|
|6. Washington State||6. Utah|
|7. UCLA||7. Colorado|
|8. Oregon||8. UCLA|
|9. Arizona State||9. Arizona State|
|10. Oregon State||10. Arizona|
|11. Arizona||11. California|
|12. California||12. Oregon State|