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2012 Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Poll

2012 AP Preseason Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

DraftInsiders.com will post our 2012 Preseason Top 25 Teams in late August.

Photo – QB Matt Barkley - Southern Cal

Southern California is No. 1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings -- with a boost from LSU's problems.
USC earned the top spot in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll for the seventh time in school history and the first time in five seasons, edging out No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 LSU.

The Trojans, who were banned from postseason play the past two seasons, received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes from a media panel in a close vote. USC received 1,445 points. Defending national champion Alabama had 17 first-place votes and 1,411 points while LSU, the Crimson Tide's SEC rival, got 16 first-place votes and 1,402 points. Oklahoma and Michigan each received 1 first place vote to complete the 60 overall first place votes.

Associated Press Top 25 Teams
Rank / Team / Record / Points

1 USC (25) - 0-0 1445
2 Alabama (17) - 0-0 1411
3 LSU (16) - 0-0 1402
4 Oklahoma (1) - 0-0 1286
5 Oregon - 0-0 1274
6 Georgia - 0-0 1107
7 Florida State - 0-0 1093
8 Michigan (1) - 0-0 1000
9 South Carolina - 0-0 994
10 Arkansas - 0-0 963
11 West Virginia - 0-0 856
12 Wisconsin - 0-0 838
13 Michigan State - 0-0 742
14 Clemson - 0-0 615
15 Texas - 0-0 569
16 Virginia Tech - 0-0 548
17 Nebraska - 0-0 485
18 Ohio State - 0-0 474
19 Oklahoma State - 0-0 430
20 TCU - 0-0 397
21 Stanford - 0-0 383
22 Kansas State - 0-0 300
23 Florida - 0-0 214
24 Boise State - 0-0 212
25 Louisville - 0-0 105

Others receiving votes:
Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, Brigham Young 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Missouri 3, North Carolina State 3, Cincinnati 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi State 1, Northern Illinois 1

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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