The AP revealed their pre-season Top 25 ranking Sunday afternoon and USC was voted 9th by the media around the country and Clemson 16th. Defending national champion Florida State received 57 of the 60 first place votes and will start out the season at #1. Alabama was second in the voting and is followed by Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
Sixth is Auburn followed by UCLA, Michigan State, USC and Baylor.
Of course, the AP, like all media and computer rankings this season, is for conversation purposes only. The one meaningful poll will be released after week nine of the season by the 13 member College Football Playoff Selection Committee and will not include any data from any outside polls or computer rankings.