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USC Ranked No. 15 in Preseason AP Poll

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It’s officially college football season. For real this time, as the preseason AP poll was released this morning. As expected, reigning national champ Florida State sits atop the rankings as an overwhelming No. 1, while USC is ranked 15th just like they are in the Coaches Poll.

It’s not a bad starting point for Sarkisian, given all of the turnover from last season, plus the incoming wave of talent via the 2014 recruiting class.

It’s also a semi-familiar ranking, as in 2010, the Trojans were 14th to start the Lane Kiffin era.

Last  year, the Trojans were ranked at No. 24 in the preseason, before ultimately going 10-4 and finishing ranked 19th following a big win over Fresno State in the LasVegas Bowl.

As with the coaches, the 2014 Trojans are just behind Stanford at No. 11, but ahead of opponents Notre Dame and ASU at No. 17 and No. 19, respectively. UCLA is the fourth opponent making the list, but the highest ranked at No. 7, the same spot the Bruins began the last time they won the Pac-10 in 1998. Oregon State received 10 votes.

Here’s full AP Poll:

Rank Team 2013 Record Points
1 Florida State Seminoles (57) 14-0 1496
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (1) 11-2 1361
3 Oregon Ducks (1) 11-2 1334
4 Oklahoma Sooners (1) 11-2 1324
5 Ohio State 12-2 1207
6 Auburn Tigers 12-2 1198
7 UCLA Bruins 10-3 1106
8 Michigan State Spartans 13-1 1080
9 South Carolina Gamecocks (1) 11-2 1015
10 Baylor Bears 11-2 966
11 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 885
12 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 843
13 LSU Tigers 10-3 776
14 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 637
15 USC Trojans 10-4 626
16 Clemson Tigers 11-2 536
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 445
18 Ole Miss Rebels 8-5 424
19 Arizona State Sun Devils 10-4 357
20 Kansas State Wildcats 8-5 242
21 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 238
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 226
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 194
24 Missouri Tigers 12-2 134
25 Washington Huskies 9-4 130

Also receiving votes: 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

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