College Football Rankings: LSU, USC Appears As No. 1s; Boise St. Falls In 20s

The LSU Tigers (Coaches) and the USC Trojans (AP) are each atop a national top 25 poll. Boise St. falls into the 20s.

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College Football Rankings: Boise State No. 23 in Composite Top 25

The Boise State Broncos aren't as highly rated as they have been in previous preseasons. They range from 18 to 26 in some of the more prominent polls that can be found on SB Nation and around the country.

Jason Kirk of SB Nation compiled these rankings into a table to create a composite Top 25. Boise State shows up at No. 23 in Kirk's average ratings. The Broncos' best preseason position came from the BCS simulation, which placed them at No. 18.

Chris Petersen's squad heads to East Lansing, Mich., to open up the 2012 season against the Michigan State Spartans on Friday. This will mark the beginning of the last year the Broncos will play in the Mountain West Conference before heading to the Big East in 2013.

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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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College Football Rankings: AP To Release Preseason Top 25 Poll On Saturday

The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Poll will come out on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. MT and we can expect the Boise St. Broncos to be somewhere in the final five spots. In the Coaches Poll, the Broncos came in at No. 22 after finishing at No. 6 at the end of the 2011 season.

Boise State's turnover at multiple positions has certainly made the team weaker, especially with a new quarterback ready to take over for Kellen Moore. However, this is a team that is still the favorite to win the Mountain West. Joe Southwick is likely to emerge as the starter under center, but the defensive changes will be just as vital. Gone are the likes of Shea McClellin, Billy Winn and George Iloka. The Michigan St. Spartans will offer a tough season-opening test when the two teams meet in East Lansing, Mich., on Aug. 31.

SI.com recently ranked Boise State as the No. 23 team, which certainly gives another indication that we'll see the Broncos at the back end of the AP Top 25.

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College Football Rankings: LSU Edges Alabama For No. 1; Boise St. Checks In At No. 22

The LSU Tigers are the preseason No. 1 team in the Coaches Top 25 poll released on Thursday. The Boise St. Broncos come in at No. 22.

The Tigers, losers to the Crimson Tide in the BCS title game in January, received two fewer first place votes than Alabama, 20-18, but finished with four more total points. The No. 3 USC Trojans, previously ineligible due to sanctions, finished 11 points behind Alabama. The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners are over 100 points behind USC.

Other notes to entertain here: Boise State's opening opponent, the Michigan St. Spartans, came in at No. 13. Utah and BYU appear in the "Others receiving votes" category.

In a few years' time, the Coaches Poll won't matter in determining a national champion since the BCS system will be blown up.

Here is the complete poll:

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Final 2011 rank
1. LSU (18) 13-1 1,403 2
2. Alabama (20) 12-1 1,399 1
3. Southern California (19) 10-2 1,388 NR
4. Oklahoma 10-3 1,276 15
5. Oregon 12-2 1,258 4
6. Georgia 10-4 1,061 20
7. Florida State 9-4 1,055 23
8. Michigan 11-2 1,023 9
9. South Carolina 11-2 981 8
10. Arkansas 11-2 948 5
11. West Virginia 10-3 833 18
12. Wisconsin 11-3 743 11
13. Michigan State 11-3 717 10
14. Clemson 10-4 598 22
15. Texas 8-5 549 NR
16. Nebraska 9-4 501 24
17. TCU 11-2 499 13
18. Stanford 11-2 497 7
19. Oklahoma State 12-1 476 3
20. Virginia Tech 11-3 461 17
21. Kansas State 10-3 398 16
22. Boise State 12-1 271 6
23. Florida 7-6 250 NR
24. Notre Dame 8-5 166 NR
25. Auburn 8-5 66 NR

Others receiving votes (with 2011 records)
Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.

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