LOS ANGELES — Utah has been picked to repeat as Pac-12 champions, according to the media that covers the conference.

The Utes, who will be defending their title in 2022, received 26 of the 33 first-place votes in the preseason poll released Thursday.

Following Utah in the No. 2 spot was Oregon, which fell to Utah in last year’s Pac-12 championship game in Las Vegas. The Ducks received two first-place votes. 

USC checked in at No. 3, though it earned five first-place votes. 

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The rest of the poll featured No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Washington State, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 California, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Arizona and No. 12 Colorado. 

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The Pac-12 media has correctly picked the conference champion in 32 of 61 previous preseason polls. 

Pac-12 Football Media Day will be held Friday in Los Angeles.