Pac 12 media votes Trojans in the South

If you failed to notice, there has been a quiet promotion of Arizona State taking a big step forward in 2011. The Sun Devils appeared on several early top-25 preseason rankings, with expectations of winning the new Pac 12 South and contending for the overall conference title. I never bought into it, failing to find a root strong enough to flower a champion. On Tuesday, the Pac 12 media agreed, voting ASU second in the South, and by default, a representative in the league’s inaugural championship game.

USC received 24 votes to become the media favorite in the conference’s southern portion. NCAA imposed sanctions will restrict the Trojans from postseason participation, so in the likelihood that the program plays to expectations, the second-place finisher would represent the division in the Pac 12 championship game.

Southern California (24)
Arizona State (13)
Utah (4)
Arizona (1)
UCLA
Colorado

If you thought Lane Kiffin was blind to the ASU preseason hype, think again. He cleverly brought those early press clippings to the forefront when asked about his team’s first-place vote.

“Did ASU move to the North or something? That surprises me.”

Relay that same statement from his twitter account and it is sent with a “sarcasm” hash tag.  Over the years, we’ve come to expect nothing less, and especially from a guy rated as the “cockiest coach in college football”.  Was it arrogant? Maybe, but it shouldn’t be perceived as a slap to the face of the desert dogs.  In these troubled times, arrogance is a coaching necessity, with a limitation on goals condensing the motivation to perform each week.

As for Dennis Erickson on the possibility of a second place Sun Devils team playing in the championship game, simply put, it was— “I don’t care”.

There is no room for arrogance when the coaching seat has risen in temperature with each passing year. ASU needs a title shot, and will shamelessly crawl over misfortune to claim it.

Oregon is the media choice to successfully defend its back-to-back titles and receive the first Pac 12 championship crown. It will begin that journey in 38 days.

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~ by Anthony on July 26, 2011.

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