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It’s that time of year when everyone releases their top 25 schools lists and the Sporting News is no different. Theirs looks a little different from everyone else’s though as the top four is a little shifted around. While Alabama still sits atop the pile, USC has made a surge to the No. 2 spot despite most other publications giving that designation to Florida State for a potential 1 vs 2 matchup in Week 1.

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The list also includes a top-15 matchup with Michigan and Florida playing each other as well as some potential upsets with a much improved Maryland headed to No. 21 Texas and of course FSU playing Alabama in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Here’s the entire top 25 from SN:

  1. Alabama
  2. USC
  3. Ohio State
  4. Florida State
  5. Clemson
  6. Penn State
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Washington
  9. Michigan
  10. Georgia
  11. Auburn
  12. Louisville
  13. Wisconsin
  14. LSU
  15. Florida
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. Kansas State
  18. Stanford
  19. Miami
  20. West Virginia
  21. Texas
  22. South Florida
  23. Washington State
  24. Pittsburgh
  25. Tennessee
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