Announcement: I’m going to start not only linking my college football articles to Crystal Ball Run, but only posting an excerpt here and sending you to Crystal Ball Run to read the rest of it, like Down Goes Brown does with Grantland. CBR actually pays me so they deserve the real article. But back to the story.
Losing Chip Kelly didn’t hurt Oregon at all, according to the Pac-12 media. The Ducks were selected to win the 2013 Pac-12 title by the media at Pac-12 Media Day, today in Los Angeles. The ascendant UCLA and Stanford received first place votes but were not strong enough candidates for the media to select. Oregon received 15 of the 26 first place votes to clinch the Pac-12 North Division, and they garnered 14 of 25 votes to win the Pac-12 Championship. Stanford came in second to Oregon in both categories, with 11 first place votes to win the North and eight votes to win the Pac-12 title. Oregon has been picked to win the Pac-12 for the third time in four years, two of which – 2010 and 2011 – they went on the win the conference.