USC Football Ranked #17 in AP Poll; #2 in Pac-12

AP Top 25 Poll

The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.

ORE #9, USC #17, UTAH #22, ASU #29, UW #33, CAL #37, UCLA  (not one single vote as usual)

Released August 24
RANK TEAM PV RANK POINTS
1
Clemson (14-1) 2 1,520 (38)
2
Ohio State (13-1) 3 1,504 (21)
3
Alabama (11-2) 8 1,422 (2)
4
Georgia (12-2) 4 1,270
5
Oklahoma (12-2) 7 1,269
6
LSU (15-0) 1 1,186 (1)
7
Penn State (11-2) 9 1,147
8
Florida (11-2) 6 1,125
9
Oregon (12-2) 5 1,119
10
Notre Dame (11-2) 12 995
11
Auburn (9-4) 14 852
12
Wisconsin (10-4) 11 840
13
Texas A&M (8-5) 764
14
Texas (8-5) 25 703
15
Oklahoma State (8-5) 672
16
Michigan (9-4) 18 611
17
USC (8-5) 534
18
North Carolina (7-6) 496
19
Minnesota (11-2) 10 451
20
Cincinnati (11-3) 21 234
21
UCF (10-3) 24 229
22
Utah (11-3) 16 211
23
Iowa State (7-6) 199
24
Iowa (10-3) 15 134
25
Tennessee (8-5) 133
Others receiving votes:

Memphis 86, Virginia Tech 85, Boise State 68, Arizona State 66, Miami (FL) 42, Louisville 32, Appalachian State 26, Washington 21, Kentucky 20, Indiana 19, Baylor 15, California 11, TCU 9, Virginia 7, Navy 6, Florida State 6, SMU 3, Mississippi State 3, Air Force 3, Northwestern 1, UAB 1

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Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
August 25, 2020 5:45 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

One fact to remember, a title like that will always be tainted. For some reason we are going to be happy when 2020 is over and will always look back and shake our heads.

LawyerJohn
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LawyerJohn (@lawyerjohn)
August 26, 2020 2:55 pm
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Pray this does not extend into the 2021 season. CoVid-19 is here for years to come, and its tentacles extend into every social activity

ATL D.D.S.
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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
August 25, 2020 9:57 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Oh. That explains it. In other words, the sportswriters needed something to do.

Steveg
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Steveg (@steveg)
August 25, 2020 5:48 pm
Reply to  ATL D.D.S.

That kind of explains every preseason poll ever. These days it just creates clicks for the websites. I have always felt no polls until after week 5. That way no voter has to vote with bias, they will have a real look at who is good or not.

ATL D.D.S.
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ATL D.D.S. (@atl-d-d-s)
August 25, 2020 4:52 am

What’s the point of this poll. This is a bunch of sportswriters thinking that football will happen. If it happens, looks like it will be in the spring. That will have all of the legitimacy of Arena League Football….

Terrific Tommy
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Terrific Tommy (@terrific-tommy)
August 24, 2020 9:22 pm

I sure hope not. Those were like kissing your sister IMHO. 😕

RialtoTrojan
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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
August 24, 2020 6:07 pm

Could we be headed towards another split national championship? It hardly seems fair that the polls take into the poll teams who may not take the field in any way this season. Also has LSU fallen so far as to be not in the top two?

Golden Trojan
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Golden Trojan (@golden-trojan)
August 24, 2020 5:33 pm

Well if 7 of the top 10 and 11 of the top 15 actually get to play, who needs the rest anyway?! Just kidding, kinda.   :wpds_cool: