The USC football team is ranked 12th in the preseason AP poll released this afternoon. It is the team’s highest preseason rank since Steve Spurrier took over the program in 2005.
Oklahoma is the top ranked team with Alabama, Oregon, LSU and Boise State rounding out the top five teams in the poll.
The Gamecocks are one of eight SEC teams ranked in the top 25. The aforementioned Alabama and LSU join them along with Arkansas (15), Georgia (19), Mississippi State (20), Florida (22), and Auburn (23).
USC will play five of the teams ranked in the poll this season (Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Florida and Auburn.
Florida State and Virginia Tech are the only two ACC teams in the poll. The Seminoles are sixth and the Hokies are 13th.
Clemson did not receive any votes in the poll and will face four teams ranked in the preseason top 25 this season (FSU, Virginia Tech, USC, Auburn).