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Saturday, August 18, 2012

NCAAF : USC Trojans take #1 spot in pre-season poll

The USC Trojans are #1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings.

USC earned the top spot in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll for the seventh time in school history and the first time in five seasons, edging out #2 Alabama and #3 LSU.

The Trojans, who were banned from postseason play the past two seasons, received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes from a media panel in a close vote. USC received 1,445 points.

Defending national champion Alabama had 17 first-place votes and 1,411 points while LSU, the Crimson Tide's SEC rival, got 16 first-place votes and 1,402 points.

Oklahoma was fourth with a single first-place vote and Oregon was fifth. Michigan, at No. 8, received the only other first-place vote.

Full AP Top 25 Rankings

2 Alabama
4 Oklahoma
5 Oregon
6 Georgia
7 Florida State
8 Michigan
9 South Carolina
10 Arkansas
11 West Virginia
12 Wisconsin
13 Michigan State
14 Clemson
15 Texas
16 Virginia Tech
17 Nebraska
18 Ohio State
19 Oklahoma State
20 TCU
21 Stanford
22 Kansas State
23 Florida
24 Boise State
25 Louisville


DavAulak said...

Think there are a few teams that have been over-rated a little... Like USC, but not sure they deserve the Number 1 spot ahead of the two SEC powerhouses...

Also think the likes of West Virginia will do well to finish close to the Number 11 spot they currently hold...

Been looking at picks already, under two weeks to go!!


Gooner said...

I take your point on USC - I think that LSU would have been #1 until Tyrann Mathieu got kicked off the team last week after failing drug tests.