Oh, this certainly won't make SEC Nation happy.
The Associated Press released its inaugural Top 25 for the 2012 season, and it was the USC Trojans, not mighty Alabama or mighty LSU, who ended up at No. 1.
The Trojans picked up 25 first-place votes, better than the 17 given to Alabama and the 16 given to LSU. Oklahoma, ranked No. 4, picked up one first-place vote, as did Michigan, who came in at No. 8.
While the SEC didn't land the No. 1 spot, however, the league was more than well represented. In fact, five of the teams in the Top 10 were from the league, with Georgia, South Carolina and Arkansas joining the Tide and Tigers.
Other notable rankings included Boise State coming in at No. 24 (more than a tad low, in my opinion), Florida landing at No. 23 (not really sure the Gators deserve to be ranked at all) and Notre Dame not making the cut, coming in as the first team in the dreaded "Others Receiving Votes" category.
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