August 10, 2012
USC Trojans Claim Top Spot in ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com’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 ESPN.com’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 ESPN.com’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 ESPN.com’s “Power Rankings” is listed below with additional narrative available at http://es.pn/PHf1Oo and in ESPN The Magazine.
- Florida State
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Virginia Tech
- Kansas State
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State
- Notre Dame