Washington is the big favorite in the Pac-12 preseason poll

Washington should get back to a New Year’s Six bowl game. At least according to the league’s preseason media poll.

The Huskies are the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 in the poll. Washington got all but two first-place votes to win the North Division and was picked by 37 of 42 voters to win the entire league.

North Division

Stanford and Oregon split the two remaining first-place votes in the North. The Pac-12 North boasts a strong group of returning quarterbacks including Washington’s Jake Browning, Stanford’s K.J. Costello, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Cal’s Ross Bowers. Washington State, a contender in the North over the past few seasons, is picked to finish next-to-last.

1. Washington (40 first-place votes)
2. Stanford (1)
3. Oregon (1)
4. California
5. Washington State
6. Oregon State

South Division

The South is much closer than the North. USC’s 22 first-place votes were eight more than the 14 votes Utah received. Arizona, with new coach Kevin Sumlin, UCLA and Colorado also got first-place votes. UCLA’s two first-place votes may be a bit of a Chip Kelly bump. The former Oregon and NFL coach takes over for Jim Mora with the Bruins, a team looking to replace first-round NFL draft pick Josh Rosen at QB.

1. USC (22)
2. Utah (14)
3. Arizona (3)
4. UCLA (2)
5. Colorado (1)
6. Arizona State

Vita Vea may be off to the NFL but Washington is still the big favorite in the Pac-12. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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