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AP Poll: USC Lands No. 15 Overall

Six Pac-12 teams in the initial rankings.

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Less than two weeks away from the start of the college football season, the first AP Poll is finally out. Kicking things off with a record six squads, the Pac-12 put together a great showing in the rankings. While the SEC (8) controlled the overall rankings, defending national champion Florida State holds the top spot.

Rank School Points
1 Florida State (57) 1,496
2 Alabama (1) 1,361
3 Oregon (1) 1,334
4 Oklahoma (1) 1,324
5 Ohio State 1,207
6 Auburn 1,198
7 UCLA 1,106
8 Michigan State 1,080
9 South Carolina 1,015
10 Baylor 966
11 Stanford 885
12 Georgia 843
13 LSU 776
14 Wisconsin 637
15 USC 626
16 Clemson 536
17 Notre Dame 445
18 Mississippi 424
19 Arizona State 357
20 Kansas State 242
21 Texas A&M 238
22 Nebraska 226
23 North Carolina 194
24 Missouri 134
25 Washington
130
UCF 94, Florida 87, Texas 86, Duke 71, Iowa 68, Louisville 48, Marshall 41, Oklahoma State 37, Virginia Tech 26, TCU 23, Mississippi State 22, Michigan 19, Texas Tech 19, Miami (FL) 16, Cincinnati 15, Boise State 10, Oregon State 10, Northwestern 8, BYU 8, Penn State 5, Vanderbilt 2, Navy 2, Nevada 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Utah State 1

All in all USC is projected to face four AP Poll ranked squads over the course of the season, starting with No. 11 Stanford up in Palo Alto during the second week of the season. Since 1976, only five schools ranked No. 1 in the preseason AP Poll have finished the season in that spot. The last team to do so? USC, in 2004.