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College Football: Preseason Rankings

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The 2012 college football season is just over one week away. Can Southern Cal bounce back from NCAA sanctions to challenge for a national title? How will Penn State respond? Will WVU succeed in the Big 12? Can Pitt make noise in their final Big East season?

With traditional powers Southern Cal, Georgia, Michigan and Florida State facing the pressure of high expectations, the season gets underway Thursday night, Aug. 30 with nine games on the slate.


PSR's Top 25
1. USC
2. AlabamaLSU head coach Les Miles
3. Oklahoma
4. Oregon
5. Georgia
6. LSU
7. Florida St.
8. South Carolina
9. Michigan
10. Arkansas
11. West Virginia
12. TCU
13. Ohio State
14. Virginia Tech
15. Michigan State
16. Kansas State
17. Nebraska
18. Wisconsin
19. Clemson
Brendan Maloney, US Presswire20. Texas
21. Stanford
22. Oklahoma State
23. Notre Dame
24. Boise State
25. Auburn


Preseason Media Rankings
Big 12
1. Oklahoma
2. West Virginia
3. Texas
4. Oklahoma State
5. TCU
6. Kansas State
7. Baylor
8. Iowa State
U of L9. Texas Tech
10. Kansas


Big East
1. Louisville (24)
2. South Florida (4)
3. Rutgers
4. Cincinnati
5. Pitt
6. Connecticut
7. Syracuse'
8. Temple


Big Ten
Legends Division

1 Michigan (16)
2 Michigan State (7)
3 Nebraska (1)
4 Iowa
5 NorthwesternPhoto by Charles LeClaire
6 Minnesota
 
Leaders Division
1 Wisconsin (19)
2 Ohio State (5)*
3 Purdue
4 Illinois
5 Penn State*
6 Indiana


*ineligible for conference title due to NCAA sanctions

I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
Editor's DeskFeature OneHigh School
Chartiers-Houston got on the winning side for the first time this season with a 21-14 win over visiting Western Beaver in the Week 3 CoGo's Feature Matchup.
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Ringgold knocked the Knoch Knights from the ranks of the unbeatens with a 20-12 win at Joe Montana Stadium on Friday night in the US Steel Game of the Week.
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The Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2014 season ended last Saturday much the same way their season started in the spring. With lots of promise, with much anticipation, but in the end, in a disappointing finish.
Feature FourSports Bites
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Twenty-two WPIAL football teams will have new coaches pacing the sidelines this season, including a few that will be featured in the CoGo's Feature Matchup this season.
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Several of the most coveted recruits throughout the WPIAL have already made their college decisions, most notably Sterling Jenkins of Baldwin. Others, like Central Valley's Jordan Whitehead, are still being recruited.
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Bill Cherpak misses the way it used to be. Back in the 80’s, when the current Thomas Jefferson High School coach was a player at Steel Valley, the recruiting process wasn’t publicized. It was low-key compared to the present.
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The Mon-Valley has put plenty of athletes on Division 1 football teams over the years, including several who made it to the NFL. There are a few Mon-Valley natives playing D-1 ball this season.
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