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The ASU football team may have surprised some by finishing second in the Pac-12 South a year ago but some aren’t as optimistic that the Sun Devils can repeat that showing.
The college football preview magazines are already out and two of three have ASU, 7-6 last season and 5-4 in conference play, pegged fourth while the other has it at third.
All three have slotted defending South champion Utah repeating.
Lindy’s has ASU third behind Utah and USC. It also singles out running back Eno Benjamin as a first-team All-Pac 12 selection as well as picking him as Offensive Player of the Year with center Cohl Cabral, kicker Brandon Ruiz and linebacker Merlin Robertson at second team and defensive back Chase Lucas and linebacker Darien Butler at third team.
Street & Smith’s has the Sun Devils behind Utah, UCLA and USC with Benjamin, Cabral and Robertson first team picks.
Athlon’s tabbed the same order of finish as Street & Smith’s with Benjamin the lone first team selection. It has Cabral and Robertson second team, with offensive lineman Zach Robertson and punter Michael Turk third team selections.
Not much is expected of Arizona. The Wildcats were picked fifth by two publications and fourth by the other with running back J.J. Taylor and linebacker Colin Schooler selected first team by two.
Two of the three publications have predicted Oregon as the North winner with Washington second, while the other has Washington first and Oregon second.