Way-too-early 2021 top 25 rankings ErikMcKinney Administrator Staff Member Joined: Apr 17, 2018 Messages: 6,188 Likes Received: 15,616 Jan 12, 2021 #1 ESPN released a quick too-early top 25 ranking for 2021 and had USC at No. 9. (It also had Liberty listed as the Eagles instead of the Flames). Jon Wilner released his too-early rankings and has USC at No. 23, but also said he wouldn’t be surprised by a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12 South.