The Sporting News has its way-too-early Top 25 rankings and USC is No. 12.
That seems high to me, given USC’s uncertainty on offense and some legitimate questions on defense. I also question whether the general sloppiness from last season has been addressed or will be corrected.
But I would expect USC to be ranked in the top 15 of most preseason polls. USC is a high-profile program and won 10 games last season. So the Trojans will get stuck into all the polls even with last season’s disappointments.
The full poll is here.