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November 2, 2005 at 11:06 AM

Ballot box closing

Pac-10 media day is Thursday in Los Angeles and we will have a full report, both with some notes here and in The Seattle Times on Friday.
The highlight of the day is typically the unveiling of the preseason poll, voted on by media who cover the conference and we’ll make it available here as quickly as we can.
The poll doesn’t mean anything tangibly, obviously, but serves as a good conversation piece now and for the rest of the season as we find out whether the media knew anything.
The media’s an easy target, but wasn’t far off a year ago, picking Arizona to win it and Washington to finish second. That is exactly what happened at the top.
Here’s the poll I submitted last week with a brief comment on each pick.
1, Arizona – OK, they lost Salim and Frye. Still, there’s a lot of talent here, a lot of new talent coming in, and Lute’s still roaming the sideline.
2, Stanford – In Grunfeld, Hernandez and Haryasz, the Cardinal may have three All-Pac-10 players. It’s hard to lose when you have that.
3, UCLA – I’m a little iffy on this one, but I like the young talent the Bruins have and I think Ben Howland is a heck of a coach.
4, Washington – This could come back to bite me. But I think the Huskies may take a little while to jell and lose a few games early that they won’t lose later. Adding to my defense: Coach Lorenzo Romar says he has no problem with his team being picked here.
5, Cal – If Leon Powe picks up where he left off and some of the new guys mature fast, this could be too low.
6, Oregon – Another pick that could be too low. If all those young guys finally put it together, this could be a real dangerous team.
7, Oregon State – I really like what Jay John is doing, but it’s just hard to pick them any higher.
8, Washington State – Ditto the Beavers comment. Plus, Dick Bennett says he thinks his rebuilding process needs one more year to really take hold.
9, USC – But Tim Floyd is a crafty coach and it wouldn’t surprise me if all the new guys he’s brought in don’t move the Trojans up quickly.
10, Arizona State – This may be the safest pick on the board. With Ike Diogu gone, there just seems little reason to think the Sun Devils will be real competitive this year.

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