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.
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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:
Since many are asking and the votes are public: Bob Asmussen of the Champaign (IL) News-Gazette voted Michigan No. 1.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 18, 2012
Kyle Meinke of AnnArbor.com gave Oklahoma its lone No. 1 vote.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 18, 2012
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