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
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