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Trojans top AP’s preseason poll

Matt Barkley AP

While CFT didn’t necessarily agree, the coaches tapped LSU as their preseason No. 1 in the USA Today poll released earlier this month.

As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones who respectfully disagree with the coaches either.

In its initial poll, the Associated Press voters tapped USC, heading into its first season post-NCAA sanctions, as its No. 1 team headed into the 2012 season.  The Trojans received 25 of the 60 first-place votes, with the 35 others divvied up among defending national champion Alabama (17), 2011 BcS runner-up LSU (16) and Oklahoma and Michigan (one apiece).

The Tide, Tigers and Sooners filled out the Nos. 2-4 spots, while the Wolverines came in at No. 8.

A couple of weeks ago, however, the top of the AP poll would’ve taken on an entirely different look.

The Tigers were poised to start the season No. 1 before Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu got kicked off the team a week ago.

In light of that development, the AP extended the voting deadline. Before Mathieu was dismissed, reportedly for failed drug tests, LSU had received 28 of a possible 60 first-place votes. USC was a close second with 22 first-place votes and Alabama was third with nine.

The remainder of the Top 10 was rounded out by Georgia (No. 6), Florida State (No. 7), South Carolina (No. 9) and Arkansas (No. 10).

As was the case in the coaches’ poll, five of the Top 10 teams were from the SEC, with a total of six (Florida, No. 23) representing the conference that has won the past six BcS titles. ┬áThe Big 12 also claimed six teams in the AP’s initial poll, while the Big Ten placed five and the ACC and Pac-12 had three apiece.

A pair of current/future Big East schools were the only non-Big Five teams in the poll: No. 24 Boise State (current Mountain West member moving to the Big East in 2013) and Louisville (No. 25).

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14 Responses to “Trojans top AP’s preseason poll”
  1. latchbeam says: Aug 18, 2012 10:36 AM

    FSU at 7?? Please!?

  2. 1trojanlove says: Aug 18, 2012 11:21 AM

    Fight On!

  3. jb24fan says: Aug 18, 2012 11:54 AM

    Why write an article about the top 25 and not include the full list?

  4. inhokewetrust says: Aug 18, 2012 12:11 PM

    I LOVE Michigan…..but wtf how did they get a first place vote????

  5. addict2sport says: Aug 18, 2012 12:16 PM

    Can’t wait to watch USC put the hype to the test and prove it all on the field. Fight On!

  6. heathater4lifeson says: Aug 18, 2012 12:50 PM

  7. bertenheim says: Aug 18, 2012 1:07 PM

    USC, AL, LSU, OU.
    Nothing new.

  8. apmn says: Aug 18, 2012 1:08 PM

    USC may not win more than 9 games this year. I think @Washington (that O was super-impressive in their bowl game last year) and @Utah will be tough contests.

  9. ndnut says: Aug 18, 2012 1:36 PM

    @UW is definitely tough for them, but I don’t think Utah is up to the Sam level of quality as USC, even while playing at home.

  10. dogg91702 says: Aug 18, 2012 3:06 PM

    USC has just way too much to play for, not just for a national championship but, being on probation when winning the NC, every talking head taking swipes at them, solidifying the USC program with recruits for the next 5 years to help Kiffen make it through the end of probation, a lot of motivating factors right there. FIGHT ON!!

  11. manchestermiracle says: Aug 18, 2012 5:27 PM

    More meaningless fluff. All preseason polls should have the disclaimer, “Not intended to indicate any kind of connection to reality. For entertainment purposes only.”

    There should be no polls of any kind until at least a month into the season.

  12. uscatjerseyshore says: Aug 18, 2012 8:26 PM

    Right or wrong at least the AP Poll doesn’t have to pretend that USC doesn’t exist for a team under [ridiculous] NCAA sanctions For this reason alone I give this poll credibility over the coaches poll

  13. scoregasmic says: Aug 19, 2012 11:17 AM

    Michigan got a first place vote? Haha uhhh why?

  14. frank booth says: Aug 19, 2012 9:24 PM

    They should be number 1. That’s quite the vicious schedule they have to run through, especially with non-conference juggernauts Hawaii and Syracuse.

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