Here we go again with another meaningless preseason poll, but this one is a bit different.
While the veracity of any poll conducted this early can certainly be questioned, unlike the recently offered USA Today/Coaches Poll, at least the Associated Press Poll can boast of objectivity that is borne of the notion that they are not beholden to anyone.
After excusing itself from the BCS formula process a few years ago, the AP now conducts itself independent from the Bowl Championship Series.
And in doing so, the service has found an abundance of credibility by conforming to what they believe is fair rather than the dictates of the NCAA.
Reflected in their decision to rank teams that the Coaches Poll won't (think USC in 2011), the AP rightly concedes that if a team is allowed to play, they should have right to be ranked if they are good enough.
Still, regardless of the integrity of the poll, many will argue that polls shouldn't even be conducted until the fourth or fifth game of the season and that preseason polls are worse than useless.
While that may be true, the AP is going to release its preseason poll anyway and when they do, where will USC be ranked?
This slideshow will look at this poll and offer a prediction as to where the Trojans will wind up in a far too early ranking of college football's finest.