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Oregon grabs top spot in Pac-10 preseason football poll

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on July 29, 2010 at 9:31 am with No Comments »
July 29, 2010 9:31 am
The media start congregating in the middle of the field at The Rose Bowl for Pac-10 preseason football festitivities.

Greetings from a very sunny and warm Pasadena, right dab in the middle of field at The Rose Bowl for the Pacific-10 Conference preseason football media day.

In terms of where I’m sitting, I could hit a 40-yard field goal through the south end goalposts if I got good foot into it.

Coaches are milling around, talking to television personalities, to other sports-information staff and old friends.

So here is the biggest news so far – Oregon has supplanted Southern California as the preseason Pac-10 favorite among the media.

The defending conference champion Ducks took a league-high 15 first-place votes, and with their 314 points, narrowly edged USC (311) for the top spot. Oregon broke the Trojans’ seven-year reign atop the preseason poll. It is the Ducks’ first honor of the sorts since 2001.

UW coach Steve Sarkisian, right, talks with a few dudes before the Pac-10 football media day starts up.

For the record, I voted Oregon No. 1, followed by Washington, which was a surprising sixth (209 points). The Huskies received one first-place vote, and it did not come from the slate of in-state reporters.

Seven schools received first-place votes, which is a record. Tells you how wide open this race really is.

1, OREGON (15) … 314
2, USC (12) … 311
3, OREGON STATE (3) … 262
4, STANFORD (1) … 233
5, ARIZONA (2) … 222
6, WASHINGTON (1) … 209
8, UCLA (1) … 134

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