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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

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