ESPN’s Preseason College Football ‘Power Rankings’ Released

August 10, 2012

USC Trojans Claim Top Spot in ESPN The Magazine and’s Preseason College Football “Power Rankings”

LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Oregon Round Out Top Five

The USC Trojans are the number one team in ESPN The Magazine and’s preseason college football “Power Rankings,” part of a comprehensive look at the upcoming season in The Mag’s College Football Preview Issue on newsstands today.

Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Barkley at quarterback and an offense built around standout wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, were tops in the voting among ESPN The Magazine’s and’s panel of college football analysts, columnists and reporters. LSU ranks number two overall, with Alabama, Oklahoma, and Oregon rounding out the “Power Rankings” top five.

Power rankings will be updated weekly throughout the season.

The top 25 college football teams in ESPN The Magazine and’s “Power Rankings” is listed below with additional narrative available at and in ESPN The Magazine.

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

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