It is unknown whether or not LSU would have been ranked higher or not had AP voters not been given an opportunity to recast their vote in the wake of Tyrann Mathieu’s dismissal, but in the end it is probation-depleted USC once again on top of the preseason Associated Press Poll.
LSU was voted No. 1 in the preseason USA Today/Coaches’ Poll, which plays a part in the BCS points system while the AP doesn’t, last week. LSU and USC’s flip is the only difference in the Top-10 between both polls.
Only twice in school history has LSU been ranked higher in the preseason AP Top-25 poll: 1959 at No. 1 and 2007 at No. 2.
***UPDATE: LSU was No. 1 on 28 of 60 #AP ballots before the Mathieu dismissal. The AP extended voting deadline, and USC now has 25 No. 1 votes, Bama 17, LSU 16. LSU would have undoubtedly been ranked No. 1 had the deadline not been extended.
|AP Top 25|
- Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, UNC 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, Brigham Young 22, Tennessee 15, SOUFLA 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Missouri 3, NCSTATE 3, Cincinnati 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi State 1, Northern Illinois 1