NEW YORK - The University of Toledo was ranked 35th in the nation in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches poll with 33 points.
Southern California, which received 49 first-place votes, was picked No. 1 with 1,500 points.
Oklahoma was second with 12 first-place votes and LSU third with five votes for first. Georgia and Miami rounded out the top five.
Michigan placed seventh and Ohio State ninth.
Four other Mid-American Conference schools received mention behind the Rockets -Bowling Green (39th), Miami (41st), Marshall (45th), and Northern Illinois (49th).
Toledo's season-opening opponent, Minnesota, is tied for 23rd with Purdue. The Rockets will battle the Golden Gophers Sept. 4 on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.40.71455 -74.00713