Here's why Southern California is No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason college football poll: Every player who scored a touchdown in the Trojans' 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in last season's Orange Bowl is still playing. And so is Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who threw five TD passes.
Leinart, Reggie Bush, and the rest of Pete Carroll's crew provided a scary glimpse of what was to come in 2005 when they wrapped up their second straight national title on that warm January night in Miami.
This year's goal is three in a row, something that's never been done.
''It's always good to be on top, but, at the same time, we're focused and Coach Carroll always reminds us, 'Don't worry about who's No. 1 or No. 2. Just stay focused,' " said sophomore receiver Dwayne Jarrett.
Boston College, which enters its first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and is led by All-America defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, is ranked 22d.
Texas, coming off an 11-1 season and a Rose Bowl win, was picked second. Tennessee is No. 3 and Michigan and LSU round out the top five.