College Football Rankings: Stanford Cardinal No. 21 In AP Preseason Poll

Mar 22, 2012; Stanford CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal safety Delano Howell during pro day at Stanford Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Stanford Cardinal football was ranked No. 21 in the 2012 AP Preseason poll.

Stanford Cardinal football is ranked No. 21 in the 2012 AP Preseason poll, a significant-but-not-unexpected drop from its 2011 final ranking of No. 7. The No. 1 ranking went to the USC Trojans, followed by the Alabama Crimson Tide, the LSU Tigers, Oklahoma and Oregon.

The ranking is a step down from the No. 19 that Stanford earned in SB Nation's Blogpoll and the No. 18 earned in the 2012 Coaches' preseason poll. Stanford's decline from their 2011 ranking can be attributed to the departure of Andrew Luck, but the Cardinal still boasts a strong offensive line and a strong defense.

RANK TEAM 2011 RECORD POINTS PV
1 Southern Cal (25) 10-2 1,445 6
2 Alabama (17) 12-1 1,411 1
3 LSU (16) 13-1 1,402 2
4 Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,286 16
5 Oregon 12-2 1,274 4
6 Georgia 10-4 1,107 19
7 Florida St. 9-4 1,093 23
8 Michigan (1) 11-2 1,000 12
9 South Carolina 11-2 994 9
10 Arkansas 11-2 963 5
11 West Virginia 10-3 856 17
12 Wisconsin 11-3 838 10
13 Michigan St. 11-3 742 11
14 Clemson 10-4 615 22
15 Texas 8-5 569 NR
16 Virginia Tech 11-3 548 21
17 Nebraska 9-4 485 24
18 Ohio St. 6-7 474 NR
19 Oklahoma St. 12-1 430 3
20 TCU 11-2 397 14
21 Stanford 11-2 383 7
22 Kansas St. 10-3 300 15
23 Florida 7-6 214 NR
24 Boise St. 12-1 212 8
25 Louisville 7-6 105 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, BYU 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, N.C. State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi St. 1, N. Illinois 1.

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