AP ranks USC number 1, Notre Dame not ranked

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Southern California is No. 1 in the AP Top 25 after two years of NCAA sanctions that kept the Trojans out of bowl games.

USC earned the top spot in the preseason college football poll for the seventh time and the first time in five seasons, edging out No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 LSU.

The Tigers were poised to start the season No. 1, but Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the team last week.

The Trojans received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes from a media panel in a close vote. Defending national champion Alabama had 17 first-place votes and LSU got 16 first-place votes.

Oklahoma was fourth with a single first-place vote and Oregon was fifth. No. 8 Michigan also received a first-place vote.

Notre Dame was not ranked. The Irish are receiving the most votes of any school not in the top 25. Five Notre Dame opponents are in the top 25 including #1 USC. Oklahoma is ranked 4th, Michigan is 8th, Michigan State 13th and Stanford 21st.


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