Wildcats Football picked 4th in poll
Sports Director: Jason Barr
TUCSON (Arizona Athletics)
The University of Arizona football team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South, according to the voters in the Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll.
First-year head coach Rich Rodriguez, senior quarterback Matt Scott and junior linebacker Jake Fischer represented the Wildcats at the Pac-12 Media Day festivities. Each conference school sent its head coach and two student-athletes to this year's event here in Universal City.
USC is the favorite to win the 2012 Pac-12 Conference football title in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. The Trojans were listed in the top spot in the North Division by 117 of the 123 voters participating in the poll, collecting 729 points. 102 of those pollsters tabbed the Trojans to come out on top in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Utah was picked to finish second in the South Division, collecting one first-place vote in the balloting for the division race. Arizona State claimed three of the other five first-place votes, with each of those members of the media casting a vote for the Sun Devils to capture the Pac-12 title.
Oregon was picked to win the North Division, garnering 732 points and 117 first place votes, while Stanford, which tallied five of the other six first place votes, was pegged to finish second in this year's poll. California, predicted by the voters to finish fourth in the North Division, claimed the remaining first place vote.
The Wildcats host eight total home games this season at Arizona Stadium, including five of their nine conference tilts. Preseason favorite USC is among those scheduled to visit Tucson this season, along with Washington, Oregon State, Colorado and Arizona State.
Arizona opens fall camp next week with Reporting Day slated for Wednesday, Aug. 1, and the first practice set for Thursday, Aug. 2. The season opener against Toledo is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. Tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.
The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 28 of 51 previous polls, including 11 of the last 12. Following are the results of the preseason media poll (points 6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
1. Oregon (117) 732
2. Stanford (5) 533
3. Washington 502
4. California (1) 382
5. Washington State 228
6. Oregon State 205
1. USC (117) 729
2. Utah (1) 514
3. UCLA (2) 435
4. Arizona 385
5. Arizona State (3) 353
6. Colorado 164