The first media poll for the 2022 college football season is out and, as expected, the Pac-12 has three teams in the top 25—Utah, Oregon, and USC.

The preseason AP Top 25 was officially released on Monday. Utah checked in at No. 7, with Oregon at No. 11 and USC at No. 14. Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia led the way, with Clemson landing at No. 4.

For the Utes, it’s the highest preseason ranking in the program’s history. Utah opened the 2019 season at No. 14 in the AP poll. That campaign ended with 11 wins and just three losses. The Utes peaked at No. 5 in the media poll before dropping their last two games. Utah opens its season on the road against the Florida Gators on Sept. 3.

The Ducks will open the year ranked for the 13th time in the last 14 years. It also marks three times in the last four years Oregon has opened just outside the top 10. Dan Lanning’s debut season will begin on Sept. 3 against the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta.

In spite of a losing record in 2021—only the second this century for USC—the Trojans made it 19 preseason AP poll appearances in the last 20 years with their highest preseason ranking since 2017. Lincoln Riley’s arrival in Los Angeles, along with a slew of transfer talent, has expectations high for USC. But they always are. USC begins its season at home against Rice on Sept. 3.

The full AP Top 25 can be seen below:

  1. Alabama (54 first-place votes)
  2. Ohio State (6)
  3. Georgia (3)
  4. Clemson
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. NC State
  14. USC
  15. Michigan State
  16. Miami
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU
Receiving votes: Tennessee 180, Texas 164, Iowa 163, Penn State 160, LSU 55, Fresno State 32, Minnesota 31, UCF 27, Purdue 17, Mississippi State 15, Auburn 15, Florida 14, Kansas State 14, North Carolina 9, Boise State 5, Air Force 4, Appalachian State 4, South Carolina 2, UCLA 2, San Diego State 2, Utah State 2, Nebraska 1