College Football Rankings: USC Trojans No. 1 In AP Preseason Poll

The USC Trojans earned the top ranking in the AP Top 25 Preseason poll, benefitting from LSU's loss of Tyrann Mathieu. This is the seventh time the school has been ranked No. 1 in the AP Preseason poll, but the first time in five years.

The 2012 BCS Champion Alabama Crimson Tide came in at No. 2, with the BCS runners-up LSU Tigers at No. 3.

USC recieved 25 first place votes, eight more than second-place Alabama. The No. 1 ranking is an improvement from the Trojans' standing in the 2012 Coaches' poll, where they were ranked No. 3, as well as SB Nation's Blogpoll, where they received the No. 2 slot. (An updated, post-Mathieu Blogpoll is due out soon.)

The ranking is a significant accomplishment for a team just two years afer being hit with NCAA Sanctions, something noted by coach Lane Kiffin in comments to the AP:

"To be handed down what they said could be a death penalty, could take USC 10 years to come back from, then to have this recognition and be preseason No. 1 is very exciting for our fans because a lot people thought two years ago that this would not be possible for USC."

RANK TEAM 2011 RECORD POINTS PV
1 USC (25) 10-2 1,445 6
2 Alabama (17) 12-1 1,411 1
3 LSU (16) 13-1 1,402 2
4 Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,286 16
5 Oregon 12-2 1,274 4
6 Georgia 10-4 1,107 19
7 Florida St. 9-4 1,093 23
8 Michigan (1) 11-2 1,000 12
9 South Carolina 11-2 994 9
10 Arkansas 11-2 963 5
11 West Virginia 10-3 856 17
12 Wisconsin 11-3 838 10
13 Michigan St. 11-3 742 11
14 Clemson 10-4 615 22
15 Texas 8-5 569 NR
16 Virginia Tech 11-3 548 21
17 Nebraska 9-4 485 24
18 Ohio St. 6-7 474 NR
19 Oklahoma St. 12-1 430 3
20 TCU 11-2 397 14
21 Stanford 11-2 383 7
22 Kansas St. 10-3 300 15
23 Florida 7-6 214 NR
24 Boise St. 12-1 212 8
25 Louisville 7-6 105 NR

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, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, N.C. State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi St. 1, N. Illinois 1.

Stick with this StoryStream for more on the USC Trojans football. For all things USC, head over to Conquest Chronicles. And don't miss the USC season preview from SB Nation Studios:

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