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USC Tops AP's Top 25

NEW YORK (AP) -- Southern California is the number-one team in The Associated Press preseason Top 25.

It's the third time in the past four years the Trojans will begin the college football season with the top ranking.

USC received 62 of 65 first-place votes from a nationwide media panel and easily outdistanced number-two LSU. The Tigers got two first-place votes. They haven't started a season this high since 1959, when they were preseason number-one.

Third-ranked West Virginia received the other first-place vote. The Mountaineers have never been ranked higher in the preseason. Texas and Michigan round out the top five and defending champion Florida is sixth.

The rest of the top 10 has Wisconsin seventh, followed by Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Louisville.

Ohio State was last year's preseason number-one but they start the 2007 season with the 11th ranking. California is 12th, followed by Georgia, UCLA and Tennessee.

Number 16 Rutgers is ranked in the preseason for the first time, as is 23rd-ranked Hawaii.

Record Pts Pvs
1. Southern Cal (62) 11-2 1,622 4
2. LSU (2) 11-2 1,511 3
3. West Virginia (1) 11-2 1,396 10
4. Texas 10-3 1,375 13
5. Michigan 11-2 1,371 8
6. Florida 13-1 1,276 1
7. Wisconsin 12-1 1,192 7
8. Oklahoma 11-3 1,166 11
9. Virginia Tech 10-3 1,148 19
10. Louisville 12-1 1,031 6
11. Ohio St. 12-1 876 2
12. California 10-3 790 14
13. Georgia 9-4 782 23
14. UCLA 7-6 605 --
15. Tennessee 9-4 571 25
16. Rutgers 11-2 560 12
17. Penn St. 9-4 542 --
18. Auburn 11-2 519 9
19. Florida St. 7-6 392 --
20. Nebraska 9-5 377 --
21. Arkansas 10-4 376 15
22. TCU 11-2 283 22
23. Hawaii 11-3 256 --
24. Boise St. 13-0 187 5
25. Texas A&M 9-4 162 --

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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