- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Oregon and Stanford lead the Pac-12 North Division heading into the preseason, and that's good enough to be ranked Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in the USA Today coaches' poll released Thursday.
Two-time defending champion Alabama is No. 1. Ohio State, which went unbeaten last season but was ineligible due to NCAA sanctions, is No. 2.
As for the rest of the Pac-12, UCLA is 21st, USC 24th and Oregon State 25th.
Arizona State was the equivalent of 32nd. Arizona and Washington also received votes.
The SEC led all conferences with six ranked teams, five of which were in the top 10. The Pac-12 and Big Ten had five each.
The six Pac-12 coaches among the 62 voting in the poll this year are Arizona State's Todd Graham, Oregon's Mark Helfrich, Washington State's Mike Leach, Oregon State's Mike Riley, Arizona's Rich Rodriguez and Utah's Kyle Whittingham.