Preseason College Football Rankings 2012: Teams Positioned Accurately by AP

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Preseason College Football Rankings 2012: Teams Positioned Accurately by AP
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With the college football preseason still a bit away, the Associated Press preseason rankings (Via ESPN) are the biggest talk among fans.

Some interesting names cracked the top 25, with other teams turning heads with their position on the list. There are always some rankings that will raise eyebrows, but here are several teams the AP ranked accurately inits preseason poll.

ESPN previews USC's 2012 season

No. 1 USC Trojans

The Trojans have come a long way since their days of making headlines for controversy instead of bowl championships, and 2012 will be the year they put everything together.

Head coach Lane Kiffin spoke on the No. 1 position to Vincent Bonsignore of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, saying: "We're two years removed from what was handed down as people saying 'SC is over'..being [highly ranked] two years later is extremely exciting for our university and for our fans."

USC will be lead by experienced Matt Barkley, who will likely be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft, with weapons such as running back D.J. Morgan and others in a star-studded offense.

Defensively, the team should see improvement from their No. 25 ranking a year ago, and should be able to do just that en route to the team's best season in recent years.

No. 5 Oregon Ducks

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Chip Kelly's team may grab headlines for their various Nike uniform schemes, but the team is no joke. The Ducks have been on fire since Kelly came to town, with three straight bowl games, including one National Championship appearance.

Oregon will be facing a transition phase at quarterback, but there are still plenty of familiar faces on offense that will help this unit. LaMichael James may be gone, but the Ducks still have a chance to get close to their No. 1 overall rushing rank with Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas.

Don't expect Oregon to drop out of the top five this season for a long, long time.

No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide

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The USA Today poll may have some differences compared to the AP version, but both agree that Alabama is deserving of the No. 2 ranking.

Head coach Nick Saban is the best in the nation, but the 2012 NFL draft saw Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron, Trent Richardson and others selected.

Luckily for the defending National Champions, the offense is still stacked with talent even with Richardson gone to the pros, and Saban doesn't look to be anything but motivated to repeat 2011's results.

Alabama has the full ability to reach the National Championship Game once more this season, but even if they don't the Crimson Tide deserves their favorable ranking heading into the year.

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