The ranking marks a seven-spot increase for USC, up from 28th a week ago following the team's win over the Cal Golden Bears. USC finds itself ranked as the third-highest team in the Pac-12, behind Stanford (ranked fourth) and Oregon (ranked seventh). Fellow Pac-12 South squad Arizona St. comes in one position below the Trojans at 22nd.
USC gets a chance to make another big move up the polls when the Trojans face Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal at home this weekend. The game, to be featured on ESPN College GameDay, gives the Trojans a chance to redeem a 37-35 loss to the Cardinal last year on the road.
USC also has a big game against Oregon later this year. How USC fares in these two games will signifcantly alter where they stand in football rankings between now and the end of the season. Before looking ahead to the Oregon match-up, though, USC looks to give Stanford a handful on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
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The USC Trojans may not be allowed to participate in postseason play this season, but they can still play the role of spoiler for some teams in contention for a BCS bowl bid. With Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal coming to town next weekend, the Trojans will have the chance to ruin their championship dreams.
In the most recent BCS rankings, Stanford is ranked as the No. 6 team in the nation, just a few points behind Boise State and Clemson. Despite not being ranked in the BCS standings, the AP poll has USC at No. 20 in the country. The team is fresh off a dominating victory over Notre Dame and is looking for a big second half of Pac-12 play.
If Stanford is able to win out, there is a strong possibility the Cardinal could be headed for the national championship game. They have not been challenged by any opponent this season and the Trojans look like a team capable of changing this trend, especially with the large home crowd behind them.
If the Trojans are able to come away with the victory, it throws yet another wrench into the BCS standings. Two highly ranked and undefeated teams lost this past weekend (Oklahoma, Wisconsin) and more upsets are inevitably on the way. Will USC be the team to finally knock off Stanford?
With all the scandals and sanctions that have followed the USC Trojans football program for years now it’s nice to see them work their way back into the national spotlight; and big win on the road over a pretty good Notre Dame squad will do that for you.
That’s right, the Trojans are back in the top 25, coming in at No. 20 overall, making the AP Poll for the first time all year.
But that wasn’t all. After some big upsets over Oklahoma and Wisconsin sent ripple effects through the top 25, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Boise State round out the top five with LSU, while Stanford’s rout of the Washington Huskies helped out their cause a lot, moving them from No. 7 to No. 4. Oregon’s dismantling of Colorado ensured them to move up as well, jumping up two spots from last week to No. 7 in the country.
Texas Tech, USC, Penn State and Cincinnati all rode big wins into the top 25 again this week, with Texas Tech jumping all the way to No. 19 after stunning Oklahoma, who dropped to No. 11. Wisconsin fell from No. 4 to No. 12, while Michigan State rose to No. 9.
When LSU plays Alabama next week, it will mark the first time in SEC history that a No. 1 and No. 2 in the AP Poll square off agains each other in the regular season. Can’t wait.
3 Oklahoma State
5 Boise State
9 Michigan State
10 Kansas State
14 South Carolina
15 Virginia Tech
16 Texas A&M
19 Texas Tech
21 Penn State
23 Arizona State
25 West Virginia
After a rough and tumble weekend of college football action the LSU Tigers have taken over the top spot in the USA Today/Coaches Poll for week nine of the season. There was a whole lot of movement in the top 25 this week, but oddly enough not involving USC.
Former number one Oklahoma was relegated to ninth after being stunned by Texas Tech, while Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan State puts them from fourth to 11th, moving MSU into No. 10 this week. Stanford vaulted into third with their dismantling of Washington, effectively knocking them out of the top 25, and is joined by Alabama at No. 2, Oklahoma State No. 4, and Boise State at No. 5 to round out the top five.
One would think that after handling the Fighting Irish by the score of 31-17 in South Bend the Trojans might be getting some love in the polls, especially since they’ve been so close in other polls (USC 27th in week 8’s AP Poll). Nevertheless it was the Irish receiving votes not the Trojans, though neither of them actually made the top 25.
Georgia, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, and Southern Mississippi all made the top 25 this week after being unranked last week, while No. 19 Georgia Tech (6-2, lost to Miami, Fla., 24-7), No. 21 Illinois (6-2, lost to Purdue 21-14), and No. 23 Auburn (5-3, lost to LSU 45-10), all fell out of the top 25 this week as well.