Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 8/2/12
Lane Kiffin didnt want USC to be ranked number one any preseason polls. On Thursday, he got his wish. USC is ranked third in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll behind LSU and Alabama. Despite being third, the Trojans received more first place votes, 19, than top ranked LSU, 18. The Crimson Tide received 20 first-place votes. Others in the Pac-12 included in the Preseason Poll are No. 5 Oregon and No. 18 Stanford. The Trojans ended the 2011 season with 10-2 record and in first place of the Pac-12 South Division. They were, arguably, the hottest team in the nation at seasons end. However, because of NCAA sanctions, USC was not allowed to participate in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. USC returns two 1,000-yard receivers in Pac-12 Freshman co-Offensive Player of the Year, Marqise Lee and 2011 Biletnikoff Award finalist, Robert Woods. The Trojans received a huge shot in the arm when safety T.J. McDonald and Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Barkley both elected to forego the...
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