College Football Rankings: USC Moves Up To No. 20 In AP Poll, Oregon Still No. 1

USC was ranked 26th in last week's AP poll

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: USC Back In BlogPoll Top 25

Just like they did in the Associated Press poll, the USC Trojans have re-entered the top 25 in the latest college football blog poll at SB Nation. A group of 90 college football blogs on the wide SB Nation network have ranked their top teams, and the results are pretty much in line with the other polls and BCS standings. The Pac-10 has four teams in the top 25, just as they do in the AP poll, in Oregon, Stanford, USC, and Arizona.

Here is the full SB Nation BlogPoll top 25:

  1. Oregon (52 first place votes)
  2. Auburn (28)
  3. TCU (2)
  4. Boise State (8)
  5. LSU
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Stanford
  8. Nebraska
  9. Ohio State
  10. Michigan State
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Alabama
  13. Arkansas
  14. Missouri
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. South Carolina
  18. Nevada
  19. Texas A&M
  20. Iowa
  21. USC
  22. Arizona
  23. Mississippi State
  24. Utah
  25. Miami
  26. Florida State

USC was unranked in the blog poll the last two weeks. Stanford is ranked one slot lower than its sixth-place standing in the latest BCS standings. USC travels to Oregon State this weekend to battle the Beavers.

For more USC news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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BCS Rankings, Week 12: Oregon Remains No. 1, Stanford No. 6

As they were in the human college football polls, the Oregon Ducks have remained atop the latest BCS standings for the third week in a row. All that stands between the Ducks and the national title game are games against Arizona and Oregon State in their final two weeks. In addition, it looks like the Pac-10 could get a second BCS bid, with the Stanford Cardinal holding strong at number six in the BCS.

Stanford has games against California and Oregon State, but may not have its fate in its own hands to make a BCS bowl game. If Oregon makes the national title game, the Rose Bowl would be required to take an automatic qualifier from a non-BCS conference -- TCU or Boise State would qualify here -- before it could choose Stanford. If LSU, Wisconsin, and Ohio State win out, there could be a scenario in which LSU and the Big Ten runner-up get chosen for BCS at-large bids before the Cardinal.

The Pac-10 has had two teams in BCS bowls just twice in the previous 12 years of the BCS. The conference does have three teams ranked in the BCS top 25. Arizona, who has lost two straight games, remains in the BCS top 25, at 22 in the latest standings.

Here is the full BCS top 25:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise State
  5. LSU
  6. Stanford
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Nebraska
  9. Ohio State
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Alabama
  12. Michigan State
  13. Arkansas
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Missouri
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. South Carolina
  18. Nevada
  19. Texas A&M
  20. Iowa
  21. Mississippi State
  22. Arizona
  23. Utah
  24. Miami
  25. Florida State

Oregon is off next week, but Stanford plays its rivalry game, "The Game," at California on Saturday.

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College Football Rankings: Oregon Still No. 1 In USA Today Coaches Poll, Stanford Moves Up

The latest college football polls are out, and the Pac-10 continues to have three teams ranked by the USA Today coaches poll. The USC Trojans were able to rejoin the top 25 in the AP poll, but are ineligible for the coaches poll this season. Here are is the new USA Today coaches poll top 25:

  1. Oregon (46 first place votes)
  2. Auburn (6)
  3. Boise State (5)
  4. TCU (2)
  5. Wisconsin
  6. LSU
  7. Ohio State
  8. Nebraska
  9. Stanford
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Michigan State
  12. Alabama
  13. Arkansas
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Missouri
  17. South Carolina
  18. Nevada
  19. Texas A&M
  20. Iowa
  21. Miami
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Arizona
  24. Utah
  25. Northwestern

The Oregon Ducks, who had a hard-fought 15-13 win over the Cal Bears on Saturday night, retained their top spot in the coaches poll, although they lost four first-place votes from last week. The Stanford Cardinal also survived a road scare, with a 17-13 win at Arizona State, and moved up one spot, from ninth to eighth. Arizona, which lost at home to USC 24-21, dropped from 19th to 23rd.

These three teams are the only teams in the Pac-10 currently bowl eligible, and it appears tthey might only be joined by one other team, as California needs one win in their last two games to qualify for bowl season. However, if both Oregon and Stanford win out, there is a decent chance the conference will have two teams in BCS bowls for just the third time in 13 seasons.

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College Football Polls: USC In AP Top 20, Oregon Retains Top Spot

The latest college football polls are out, and the USC Trojans have made the top 25 as expected. In fact, the Trojans are ranked 20th in the latest Associated Press poll. It is the highest ranking in seven weeks for the Trojans, who were 24-21 winners last night over Arizona. The Pac-10 has four teams ranked in the AP top 25:

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. LSU
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Stanford
  8. Ohio State
  9. Nebraska
  10. Alabama
  11. Michigan State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Arkansas
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Missouri
  16. Oklahoma
  17. South Carolina
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Nevada
  20. USC
  21. Iowa
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Arizona
  24. Miami (FL)
  25. Utah

Oregon lost 11 first place votes from last week, but remain in the top spot. Stanford remains at seventh, while Arizona dropped from 18th to 23rd after their loss to USC. The Trojans were ranked 26th last week.

For more USC news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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College Football Rankings: USC A Lock To Rejoin AP Poll Top 25

The college football polls won't be released until Sunday morning, but the USC Trojans are a lock to rejoin the Associated Press top 25 after their 24-21 win at No. 18 Arizona on Saturday night. In last week's AP poll, the only poll for which USC is eligible this season, the Trojans were ranked 26th, 23 points out of the top 25. Saturday's games featured the following losses by AP ranked teams:

  • No. 13 Iowa lost 21-17 at Northwestern
  • No. 15 Utah lost 28-3 at Notre Dame
  • No. 17 Mississippi St lose 30-10 at No. 11 Alabama
  • No. 24 Florida lost 36-14 at home to No. 22 South Carolina
  • No. 25 Central Florida lost 31-21 at home to Mississippi

Expect USC to pass at least Central Florida and Florida, and given that Utah has suffered consecutive embarrassing losses by a combined score of 75-10, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Utes drop out of the top 25 all together. That would put USC at No. 23, or maybe even 22 if they pass Arizona, who was ranked No. 18 before Saturday's loss to the Trojans. This will be the sixth time in 12 weeks that USC has been ranked in the AP top 25 this season:

Week USC Rank
Preseason 14
2 16
3 18
4 20
5 18
6 28
7 unranked
8 26
9 24
10 30
11 26
12 ??

For more USC news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Conquest Chronicles.

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