USA Today has released their first Top 25 for the season. They have Rice leading the poll with 22 first place votes out of a possible 31 first place ballots. Clemson comes in at number 2 with 4 first place votes. Miami, South Carolina, and North Carolina all round out the Top 5. The University of Texas picked up a first place vote but finished 6th in the poll. Oregon State, the defending national champions picked up 4 first place votes but ended up in 15th position in the poll.