USC Picked To Win Pac-12 South; Lose To Oregon

The 2021 Pac-12 football season will be remarkably like 2020, if you believe the media poll.

Oregon was picked to win the North. USC to win the South. And the Ducks were picked with a USC-Oregon by 27 voters. USC was picked by 10 voters. Three voters picked Utah to win the Pac-12 title game.

North Division South Division 
SchoolPointsSchoolPoints
1. Oregon (38)2381. USC (27)223
2. Washington (2)1892. Utah (6)183
3. California1403. Arizona State (6)170
4. Stanford1374. UCLA (1)135
5. Oregon State715. Colorado88
6. Washington State656. Arizona41

PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WINNER: Oregon (27 votes)
Others receiving votes: USC (10), Utah (3)

Here is the all-time media-poll results:

YearMedia Poll PickActual FinishRose Bowl / CFP /
BCS Representatitve
Predicted Finish
1961UCLA1stUCLA1st
1962Washington2ndUSC2nd
1963USC2ndWashington2nd
1964Washington3rdOregon State6th
1965USC2ndUCLA7th
1966USC1stUSC1st
1967USC1stUSC1st
1968USC1stUSC1st
1969USC1stUSC1st
1970USC6thStanford2nd
1971USC2ndStanford2nd
1972USC1stUSC1st
1973USC1stUSC1st
1974USC1stUSC1st
1975USC5thUCLA3rd
1976USC1stUSC1st
1977USC2ndWashington3rd
1978USC1stUSC1st
1979USC1stUSC1st
1980USC3rdWashington3rd
1981USC2ndWashington4th
1982USC3rdUCLA3rd
1983Arizona5thUCLA5th
1984UCLA3rdUSC3rd
1985USC4thUCLA5th
1986UCLA2ndArizona State4th
1987UCLA2ndUSC4th
1988UCLA2ndUSC2nd
1989USC1stUSC1st
1990Washington1stWashington1st
1991Washington1stWashington1st
1992Washington1stWashington1st
1993Washington4thUCLA6th
1994Arizona2ndOregon8th
1995USC1stUSC1st
1996USC5thArizona State2nd
1997Washington4thWashington State7th
1998UCLA1stUCLA1st
1999Arizona6thStanford8th
2000Washington1stWashington1st
2001Oregon1stOregon1st
2002Washington State1stWashington State1st
2003USC1stUSC1st
2004USC1stUSC1st
2005USC1stUSC1st
2006USC1stUSC1st
2007USC1stUSC1st
2008USC1stUSC1st
2009USC5thOregon3rd
2010Oregon1stOregon1st
2011Oregon (N)
USC (S)
1st
not eligible
Oregon (N)*
UCLA (S FCG rep)
1st
5th
2012Oregon (N)
USC (S)
tie – 1st
tie – 2nd
Stanford (N)*
UCLA (S)
2nd
3rd
2013Oregon (N)
UCLA (S)
tie – 1st
tie – 2nd
Stanford (N)*
Arizona State (S)
2nd
2nd
2014Oregon (N)
UCLA (S)
1st
tie – 2nd
Oregon (N)*
Arizona (S)
1st
4th
2015Oregon (N)
USC (S)
2nd
1st
Stanford (N)*
USC (S)
2nd
1st
2016Stanford (N)
UCLA (S)
3rd
tie – 4th
Washington (N)*
Colorado (S)
2nd
6th
2017Washington (N)
USC (S)
2nd
1st
Stanford
USC*
2nd
1st
2018Washington (N)
USC (S)
tie – 1st
tie – 3rd
Washington*
Utah
1st
2nd
2019Oregon (N)
Utah (S)
1st
1st
Oregon*
Utah
1st
1st
2020Oregon (N), Washington (N)**
USC (S)
1st, 3rd
1st
Oregon1st

9 thoughts on “USC Picked To Win Pac-12 South; Lose To Oregon

  1. Bright Side: These predictions should make owners of the “USC Pac 12 South Champions!” t-shirts very happy —
    #AnotherFullYear’sUse

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  2. How are you not writing about the conference re-alignments? The very core of college football is being re-written right now and this blog has nothing.

    USC to Big 10 along with UCLA, Washington, Oregon and maybe one other Pac-12 team. Or could USC go independent? Or could the Pac-12 somehow reconstitute itself?

    Whatever happens, change is good. Change will force USC to compete at a higher level and that means Helton must go soon.

    Take Back the West recruiting has FAILED to lock down the top prospects in California or across the country. We lost nearly every head-to-head recruiting battle. Every recruit knows that this is Helton’s last year, so why sign up?

    It might be time to fire Helton and hire a new coach BEFORE the season even starts, or as soon as we can lock down a top coach. We need a new head coach to have a chance at getting these recruits to reconsider. Matt Campbell maybe. Luke Fickell. Or is there some other great coach that will want to move with these conference re-alignments? USC in the Big 10 would make it an even more desireable head coaching job. More money for TV rights. Or we stay in the Pac-12 and hold them hostage for a bigger piece of the pie – maybe 20% of the total?

    The whole world is being re-aligned. Will USC step up and take a swing at living up to its potential, or just continue to get mired in the Caruso/Folt/Helton shitshow?

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  3. Somebody asked yesterday what would keep Scott from criticizing USC. Here’s the answer: USC goes undefeated —meaning beats Notre Dame at South Bend, beats Oregon (or Washington) in the Pac 12 Championship and wins it’s Bowl or Playoff Games.
    #WeDoThat&ScottHasToSay”JobWellDone”
    #IfWeGetBeatByNotreDame&LosePac12WeDeserveCriticism

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  4. Winning the PAC 12 south is a job half done. I am getting old because I remember when there was no fear of Oregon, Oregon State or WSU. Occasionally we had mild respect for Washington, but that was because of a star player.
    USC has become a shadow of their former self. Schools don’t even blink about playing Helton’s pasty puffs from the passing league.

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  5. In other words, which mid to lower tier Big 10 team will be sent to the Las Vegas bowl to play USC and mop the floor with Clay Helton this season?

    A .500 Illinois team would match up well against an 8 or 9 win Helton/USC team.

    The Illini would probably open as a 7.5 pt. favorite, which would seem about right.

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    1. Agreed —but PLEASE detach Tebow from your name. Obama has done so much for peace –he even won the Nobel Peace Prize….so everyone knows how wonderful he is…
      #WhereasTebowIsEvil…
      #..NotOneSingleNobelPrizeToHisName…
      #[NotEvenInPhysics]

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  6. IF SC WINS , WILL THEY GO TO A BOWL GAME?
    sc has become the laughing stock of football,and if they actually do win the south it will be a great accomplishment for this for this charade…I have thought even 3rd would be an accomplishment,behind Utah and Arizona St….means beating the rest,which may not happen. Anything with the hellton/folt label is an undesirable product…feel sorry for the team to be under such miserable losers.

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