August has arrived and the start of the college football season is just around the corner. Some of the game's best players have moved on, but many return and new standouts will emerge on the field in 2005.
Picking the Rivals.com Preseason All-America team is never an easy task, but with three of the Heisman Trophy finalists from 2004 returning -- Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson -- at least there was an easy place to start.
Southern California is the popular choice to win a third consecutive national title, so it's no surprise that five Trojans were named to our team. Texas and Ohio State, which will meet in a Sept. 10 showdown in Columbus, each had four players selected, while Miami and Minnesota were represented by three players. Nine different schools had two players make the team.
The following is the Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-America team.
Action photos by Associated Press.