2012 College Football Rankings: USC, LSU, Bama All Claim Top Spots

The 2012 preseason AP Top 25 is out, meaning we're so (SO) darn close to actual football happening.

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2012 College Football Rankings: Alabama, LSU, USC All Claim Top 25 Throne

Hey, college football starts Thursday! Guess we better take a look at the Top 25 rankings, huh? Some combination of USC, LSU and Alabama makes for the top three in almost all of them, with Oregon and Oklahoma trading off after that. Then it all goes to crackers.

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2012 College Football Rankings: Alabama, LSU Rule Simulated BCS Standings

Actual BCS standings won't come out until October, but we can put together enough of its pieces to get an idea of which college football teams are already sitting pretty.

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2012 BlogPoll, Week 1: USC, Alabama Rise

The first weekly BlogPoll of the 2012 season is also the first to deal with LSU dismissing Tyrann Mathieu. The Tigers fall out of the top spot as a result, and USC and Alabama jump them.

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College Football Rankings 2012: AP Top 25 Led By USC

Members of the Associated Press voted USC No. 1 in the 2012 preseason AP Top 25 poll.

The Trojans received 25 of the 60 first place votes in the poll to secure the top spot. Lane Kiffin's squad was ranked third in the USA Today Coaches' poll.

Alabama and LSU are ranked second and third, respectively. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide garnered 17 first place votes, while LSU picked up 16 -- despite Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal from the team.

Oklahoma and Michigan each received a first place vote.

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.

College football season officially gets underway on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Update: Curious about those Michigan and Oklahoma first-place votes? Ralph Russo explains:

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College Football's Divine Comedy: The Inferno Of Expectations

There's no college football curse quite like high expectations, as history tells us one of this year's top-five teams is doomed to plunge into the abyss.

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BlogPoll Returns! New No. 1 Team Overtakes Preseason Rankings

LSU fans should smile: the Tigers move past USC for the No. 1 spot in our second preseason rankings for 2012.

First Preseason Poll | BlogPoll

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