College Football

AP Preseason Poll 2012: First AP Rankings of Season Released

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2012

The Associated Press has released its initial rankings of the 2012 college football season. 

The USC Trojans got the nod as the No. 1 team in the nation with 25 first-place votes, closely followed by Alabama, who garnered 17 first-place votes. LSU (16 first-place votes), Oklahoma (one first-place vote) and Oregon round out the Top Five.

The poll comes out just a few weeks after the USA Today Coaches Poll, and the media seems to agree with the coaches for the most part. Among the notable exceptions are USC and LSU trading places in the two polls. LSU was voted No. 3 in the wake of star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal from the team.

Michigan was the lowest-ranked team to receive a first-place vote and is the only representative of the Big Ten conference in the Top 10.

Notable teams that missed out on the Top 25 include Notre Dame.

 

2012 AP Preseason Poll

RANK TEAM 2011 RECORD POINTS
1 Southern Cal (25) 10-2 1,445
2 Alabama (17) 12-1 1,411
3 LSU (16) 13-1 1,402
4 Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,286
5 Oregon 12-2 1,274
6 Georgia 10-4 1,107
7 Florida St. 9-4 1,093
8 Michigan (1) 11-2 1,000
9 South Carolina 11-2 994
10 Arkansas 11-2 963
11 West Virginia 10-3 856
12 Wisconsin 11-3 838
13 Michigan St. 11-3 742
14 Clemson 10-4 615
15 Texas 8-5 569
16 Virginia Tech 11-3 548
17 Nebraska 9-4 485
18 Ohio St. 6-7 474
19 Oklahoma St. 12-1 430
20 TCU 11-2 397
21 Stanford 11-2 383
22 Kansas St. 10-3 300
23 Florida 7-6 214
24 Boise St. 12-1 212
25 Louisville 7-6 105

Click here to see the recently released AP preseason poll.

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