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    USC Football Ranked No. 1 In USA Today Coaches Pre-Season Poll
    USC is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches pre-season poll.
    USC is ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches pre-season poll.

    Aug. 5, 2005

    It's official. The two-time defending national champion USC football team will start off the 2005 season right where it left off last year: ranked No. 1.

    The pre-season USA Today coaches poll released today (Aug. 5) has the Trojans ranked No. 1, with all but two of a possible 62 first place votes. It's the first time in the 15 years that USA Today has administered the poll that a team received more than 47 first place votes.

    Here's a look at the entire poll, with first place votes in parentheses and total votes:

    1. USC (60), 1,547

    2. Texas (2), 1,405

    3. Tennessee, 1,259

    4. Michigan, 1,242

    5. Oklahoma, 1,223

    6. LSU, 1,109

    7. Virginia Tech, 1,090

    8. Miami, 1,080

    9. Ohio State, 1,033

    10. Iowa, 1,014

    11. Florida, 910

    12. Florida State, 879

    13. Georgia, 838

    14. Louisville, 758

    15. Auburn, 723

    16. Purdue, 616

    17. Texas A&M, 366

    18. Arizona State, 304

    19. Boise State, 303

    20. California, 293

    21. Texas Tech, 247

    22. Boston College, 237

    23. Virginia, 210

    24. Alabama, 194

    25. Pittsburgh, 193