Utah favorite by media to win PAC-12 football

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2018, file photo, Utah running back Zack Moss (2) carries the ball in the second half during an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Salt Lake City. The big question facing Utah when it hosts Oregon is whether Jason Shelley can pick up where Tyler Huntley left off. The Utes will need Shelley to adjust to his new role quickly after losing Moss to a knee injury. Moss suffered the injury at practice on Wednesday and now will require season-ending surgery. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Utah has been selected as the favorite to win the PAC-12 in the annual preseason poll of media members.

The Utes and Oregon were tabbed to win their respective league divisions in the poll released Wednesday before the conference’s media day in Hollywood.

Utah received 12 of 35 votes to win the PAC-12 for the first time since joining the conference in 2011. Oregon received 11 votes and defending champion Washington had 10.

Oregon edged Washington by one point to take the North Division, followed by Stanford and Washington State.

The Utes are the overwhelming choice in the South. USC picked up the other two first-place votes. Arizona State and UCLA tied for third.

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