USC tops USA Today football poll

Aug. 3, 2007 at 3:29 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The University of Southern California holds the No. 1 preseason spot in the USA Today Coaches' Top 25 college football poll released Friday.

USC Coach Pete Carroll said quarterback John David Booty is poised to take his place among such former USC standouts as Reggie Bush, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.

All three men won Heisman Trophies during their celebrated tenure at the California school.

"We're real excited about J.D.," Carroll said. "A year ago, he was coming back from back surgery. But he's made an effort to get in the best shape of his life. He's faster and stronger than he's ever been."

LSU came in second in the annual coaches' poll, while defending champion Florida was No. 3.

The Big Ten had three representatives in the poll's top 10 as Michigan came in fifth, Wisconsin was ranked No. 7 and Ohio State was No. 10.

Finalizing the top 10 spots were No. 4 Texas, No. 6 West Virginia, No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 9 Virginia Tech.

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