The USC Trojans have opened as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press' Preseason Top 25 Poll. They moved ahead of the LSU Tigers as a result of Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal from the team earlier in August. The Tigers opened at No. 3. USC received 25 first-place votes while Alabama, the defending national champion, took 17 to reach No. 2 in the poll. LSU received 16 first-place votes.
The Boise St. Broncos came in at No. 24, just ahead of the Louisville Cardinals. The school received 212 votes in polling. Utah and BYU each received a smattering of votes to make it just outside of the top 25.
Earlier in August, the Coaches poll had LSU as No. 1 with Alabama and USC following at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
The college football season kicks off in two weeks.
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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.
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