My preseason ESPN power rankings

I noticed that eight of my ESPN colleagues joined me in ranking LSU No. 1 in the ESPN Power Rankings. But USC also got nine No. 1 votes to edge LSU by a single point for the preseason No. 1 spot.

These votes were calculated prior to LSU dismissing Tyrann Mathieu from the team, which would have impacted my decision somewhat. I probably would have voted USC No. 1 going into the season had I known LSU would have to replace Mathieu at this late date.

I had USC No. 2 in my preseason poll and Alabama No. 3.

You can go here to see how all 20 voters in the ESPN poll voted.

Here's my ballot:

1. LSU

2. USC

3. Alabama

4. West Virginia

5. Oregon

6. Michigan

7. Oklahoma

8. Georgia

9. South Carolina

10. Arkansas

11. Florida State

12. Michigan State

13. Stanford

14. TCU

15. Boise State

16. Wisconsin

17. Virginia Tech

18. Ohio State

19. Kansas State

20. Texas

21. Clemson

22. Florida

23. Oklahoma State

24. Nebraska

25. Auburn