Rankman was not invited to vote in this year’s Pac 12 preseason media poll—thank you Lord Larry (Scott)!

Imagine being part of survey of experts that picked UCLA first in the South and Colorado last.  It just goes to show how little anyone knows about the vagaries and peccadillos of any pigskin season.

Still, if you’re going to do a poll, you have to be responsible for it.

It reminds me of an 18-wheeler on the freeway sporting one of those bumper stickers: “How are we driving?”

Ever been tempted to break the law, take both hands off the steering wheel going 75 mph, and ring up 1-800 ACME Trucking to go say go “truck” yourself?

“Beep. Yeah, the guy you have hauling fruits and veggies heading up Interstate-5 just cut me off and dropped a load of kumquats under my radiator.”

At least there’s a number to call: who do you phone to complain about the Pac 12 media poll.

Well, this is as close as you’ll get to an apology.

For the record, genius me would have picked Oregon to win the Pac 12 North.

Not knowing how a season will turn out, of course, is part of the mystery and the fun. For the first time in the 56-year history of conference media poll, for example, Stanford was chosen to win. And how’s that going?

Here was the media’s projected order of finish in the North Division: The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.