College Football Rankings: AP Top 25 Poll Puts USC At No. 1, Boise St. At No. 24

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.

RANK TEAM 2011 RECORD POINTS PV
1 Southern Cal (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.

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