The expansive roster overhaul overseen by first-year head coach Deion Sanders was enacted in order to bring respectability back to Colorado football.
According to the Pac-12 Conference preseason media poll, that respect still has to be earned.
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On the eve of the league’s football media day, the Pac-12 released its preseason poll on Thursday, with the Buffaloes checking in at No. 11. In a vote by 36 of the league’s media members, USC collected 24 first-place votes to lead the poll with 413 points heading into its final season in the conference, outpacing Washington (367) by 46 points.
Utah collected six first-place votes, the second-highest total of the poll, but finished third with 359 points. Oregon (344) and Oregon State (309) rounded out the top five.
The Buffs earned 98 points, trailing 10th-place Arizona State by 24 points while finishing 44 points ahead of last-place Stanford. Colorado finished 12th in last year’s poll with 58 points.
2023 Pac-12 Conference football preseason media poll
1. USC (25) 4132. Washington (4) 3673. Utah (6) 3594. Oregon (1) 3445. Oregon State 3096. UCLA 2487. Washington State 1868. Arizona 1769. California 13210. Arizona State 12211. Colorado 9812. Stanford 54
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