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Oregon, Southern California preseason Pac-12 winners

The trend continues - go to a BCS national title game, enter the next season as the all-the-marbles favorite to win the Pacific-12 Conference.

Oregon, led by two-time conference coach of the year Chip Kelly received the most first-place votes of any team in either the North or South Division - 29 - in the annual preseason media poll.

With 239 points, the Ducks edged Stanford (13 first-place votes) with 220 in the North Division.

Last year, Washington received a first-place vote - and went all the way to a Holiday Bowl triumph over Nebraska. The Huskies are third - with no first-place votes in 2011.

In the South Division, Southern California (24 first-place votes) was the pick with 230 votes, followed by Arizona State (207) and newcomer Utah (170), which garnered four first-place votes.

Oregon was the consensus pick to win the inaugural conference championship game Dec. 2.

Editor's note: We are at Pac-12 media day at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Press conferences are set to go off at 9 a.m. - with UW coach Steve Sarkisian set for 10:05 a.m., along with tailback Chris Polk.

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