College Football Preseason Rankings: USC Trojans No. 1 In BlogPoll

When quarterback Matt Barkley decided to return to the USC Trojans for his senior season, he cited "unfinished business" that the team still had to take care of. After two years of bowl ineligibility, one could imagine a Rose Bowl berth was on Barkley's mind. Or perhaps a higher goal is in order, as many preseason polls might suggest.

USC is ranked No. 1 in the 2012 preseason BlogPoll by SB Nation college football writers. The Trojans received seven first-place votes compared to nine for the No. 2 LSU Tigers, but USC was able to gain in other areas. "In a poll that has a significant bit of volatility thanks to a smallish voter base, the Trojans receive fewer first-place votes than No. 2 LSU and still outpoint the Tigers by .36 points per ballot," wrote Andy Hutchins. "That's a much smaller difference than the gap between LSU and Alabama, which falls from the overwhelming No. 1 in the final 2011 BlogPoll to a distant No. 3."

Here are the SB Nation BlogPoll top 10:

  1. USC (seven first place votes)
  2. LSU (nine first place votes)
  3. Alabama (three first place votes)
  4. Oregon
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Arkansas
  7. Georgia (one first place vote)
  8. Michigan
  9. Florida State
  10. South Carolina

The November 3 matchup between the Trojans and the No. 4 Oregon Ducks in Los Angeles might just be the most anticipated college football game of the season, at least in the Pac-12 Conference if not the country.

For more USC football news and information, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.