USC claims top spot in AP Preseason Poll

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Pac-12 schools are ranked in the top-25 in the first Associated Press (AP) Poll released on Saturday. USC, which received 25 of 60 first place votes, will begin the season ranked No. 1 --its seventh such designation in the preseason media poll-- while OREGON enters the season at No. 5. This is the first time that two Pac-12 schools have entered the season ranked in the top-five in the poll since voting began in 1936. STANFORD, coming off its second-straight BCS bowl appearance in 2011, came in at No. 21 in the initial poll, and WASHINGTON landed at No. 27, collecting 55 points. UTAH is also on the list of vote-getters with 30 points.

USC, which is eligible for inclusion in the poll for the first time since 2009, finished with 1,445 points, 34 more than second-ranked Alabama. The Trojans are ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll released in early August.

Rk. School                 Pts.
1. USC (25)                1445
2. Alabama (17)          1411
3. LSU (16)                 1402
4. Oklahoma (1)         1286
5. OREGON               1274
6. Georgia                   1107
7. Florida State           1093
8. Michigan (1)            1000
9. South Carolina         994
10. Arkansas                963
11. West Virginia          856
12. Wisconsin               838
13. Michigan State        742
14. Clemson                 615
15. Texas                     569
16. Virginia Tech          548
17. Nebraska                485
18. Ohio State               474
19. Oklahoma State      430
20. TCU                         397
21. STANFORD           383
22. Kansas State          300
23. Florida                     214
24. Boise State              212
25. Louisville                 105

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame (83), WASHINGTON (55), Auburn (53), North Carolina (32), UTAH (30), Georgia Tech (25), BYU (22), Tennessee (15), South Florida (11), Baylor (9), Texas A&M (5), UCF (4), Missouri (3), North Carolina State (3), Cincinnati (3), Houston (1), Louisiana Tech (1), Mississippi State (1), Northern Illinois (1).

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