Southern California is No. 1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings -- with a boost from LSU's problems.
For the third time in the past four years, USC begins the college football season No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25.
Southern California's run at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 reached a record-breaking level and Oklahoma was unranked for the first time since 1999.
USC received 60 out of a possible 65 first-place votes in The Associated Press preseason poll released Saturday, grabbing the top spot in the preseason for the fifth time in school history.
USC's demolition of Oklahoma means the Trojans deserve to be mentioned as one of the greatest teams ever.
Southern California easily outdistanced Auburn to go back-to-back and wire-to-wire.
Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and three of his Southern California teammates made The Associated Press All-America team announced Monday.
Bourbon Street hosted the biggest football party it's seen in 45 years when LSU beat Oklahoma 21-14 to win the national championship Sunday night.