The tribe has spoken.
After I unveiled my Pac-10 picks in this space last week, I asked readers to fill out their own ballots and promised I’d tally them up (if I’d known so many of you would respond, I might not have made that latter vow).
Anyway, 62 of you sent in ballots — and in reality, I’m grateful you bothered to take the time — that I sensed were legit (I threw out a couple that seemed either just how they wished it would be someday or weren’t completely filled out, etc. I did count a few of those who put WSU at 12th or whatever and just marked that as 10th).
Of those 62, 44 picked USC to win the conference this year. Another 13 picked Cal while three went with Oregon, and one each with Stanford and UW.
I tabulated the votes the same way the Pac-10 does — 10 points for first, nine for second, etc.
Here’s how it turned out:
1, USC, 601 points (Trojans weren’t picked lower than third).
2, Cal, 546 (no one picked Bears lower than fourth).
3, Oregon State, 466 (but no first-place votes).
4, Oregon, 430 (and yes, I counted a few of you who picked Oregon as low as ninth).
5, Arizona State, 331 (as high as third and as low as ninth).
6, Stanford, 309 (other than UW, only team to get votes as high as first and as low as last).
7, Washington, 243 (got at least one vote at every spot but second).
8, UCLA, 230 (nobody picked Bruins higher than fourth).
9, Arizona, 173 (like UCLA, no one picked ‘Cats higher than fourth).
10, Washington State, 68 (almost a unanimous last-place showing for Cougs, who got two eighth-place votes, two for ninth, and the rest last).
So as might be expected, readers of a UW blog thought a little more kindly of the Huskies than did the media, picking Washington seventh — the media had UW ninth.
The other notable difference is OSU finishing one spot ahead of Oregon, which I think makes some sense given how a lot of you feel about the Ducks. Still, most of you were more than fair to Oregon and if not for the couple of really low placings for Oregon I decided to accept, it would likely have been UO in third and OSU fourth, same as the media had it.
In fact, the two polls aren’t all that different, other than OSU and UW, the latter of which also resulted in the moving down of UCLA and Arizona, a spot from where the media had them.
Here’s how the media had it.
1. USC (28) 316
2. California (3) 277
3. Oregon (1) 250
4. Oregon State 216
5. Arizona State 155
6. Stanford 150
7. UCLA 145
8. Arizona 142
9. Washington 74
10. Washington State 35
So in essence, I guess we’ll either all be right or all be wrong come the end of the season.
The tribe has spoken.
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