Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
USC came in at No. 4 in the preseason AP poll, which is one spot down from where the Trojans finished last season. The Trojans have started in the top-10 three times dating back to 2009 and failed to meet expectations each time. They finished the season unranked after starting No. 1 in 2012 and No. 8 in 2015 and at No. 22 following a No. 4 preseason ranking in 2009.