USA Today Coaches Poll: Trojans Open At No. 3 In Preseason Rankings

BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 4: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans celebrates as he leads the Trojan marching band after the Trojans' 42-17 win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 4, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

It's that time of year: preseason polls. Exciting, huh? Well, the USA Today preseason coaches poll was released this morning, and for the first time since 1987, the top two teams hail from the same conference. In that case, it's the SEC. Don't worry, USC is up there as well. The Trojans come in at No. 3 after not being ranked in the coaches poll for the last two seasons because of NCAA sanctions, specifically the postseason ban.

It's worth pointing out the votes were tallied and cast before news Tuesday that Penn State running back Silas Redd would be transferring to USC.

Anyway, without delay, here is the full poll with first-place votes in parentheses.

  1. LSU (18)
  2. Alabama (20)
  3. USC (19)
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Oregon
  6. Georgia
  7. Florida State
  8. Michigan
  9. South Carolina
  10. Arkansas
  11. West Virginia
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Michigan State
  14. Clemson
  15. Texas
  16. Nebraska
  17. TCU
  18. Stanford
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Kansas State
  22. Boise State
  23. Florida
  24. Notre Dame
  25. Auburn

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