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Pac-12 Football: Way-Too-Early 2017 Rankings

Here’s how we see the Pac-12 standing ahead of the new season.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual - USC v Penn State Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

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

Pelton Jones
Pelton Jones
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
(Projected national ranking in parenthesis.)