The USC Trojans have to be encouraged by their play after losing in dramatic fashion in triple overtime to the Pac-12's best last Saturday night. Still, a loss is a loss, and in the world of the college football rankings that probably means you're going to drop a bit. USC fell to 21st in the latest SB Nation blogpoll rankings, but it's only one spot from their current position.
USC might not have much longer to last on the blogpoll rankings though; after an unintimdiating road trip to Boulder this Friday night to face the Colorado Buffaloes, the Trojans now have to face both the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks, perhaps the two best teams remaining other than Stanford. USC has to be encouraged by they way they played against Stanford though, and has to feel like they have a puncher's chance against either of those teams and win at least one of those two contests, which should keep them in the hunt to be ranked.
Neither Los Angeles school really has a chance of denting this year's BCS standings, but they can both do a lot of molding and denting for the rest of the Pac-12.
The USC Trojans might have lost to the Stanford Cardinal, but their loss might have in the long-run helped the Pac-12's hopes of getting their top team into the national title game. The computers are very impressed with USC as a Cardinal opponent, and the victory helped jump Stanford all the way to the fourth position. With matchups against Oregon and Notre Dame forthcoming (plus the Pac-12 South champion), Stanford can probably have a decent shot at controlling their BCS championship destiny.
The UCLA Bruins still have an outside shot at the BCS, but they won't likely be doing anything inside the rankings. They'll have to start upsetting opponents, starting with the Arizona St. Sun Devils next week. A win over 19th ranked ASU could push UCLA to the lead in the Pac-12 North, and if they win out they'd clinch the Pac-12 South title. It's a tall order, but the Bruins are still alive to go to the Rose Bowl.
Last week USC was ranked No. 20, their highest ranking of the season. They are ineligible for the USA Today coaches poll due to NCAA sanctions. Here is a look at the AP poll top 10, which includes a pair of teams from Pac-12 Conference:
The Pac-12 has four teams in the top 25, with the Arizona St. Sun Devils checking in at No. 20. USC battles No. 6 Oregon in Eugene on November 19. Here's a look at USC in the Associated Press poll this season.
The Pac-12 is projected to have two teams in the top seven. Those two teams, Oregon and Stanford, will meet in Palo Alto on November 12 in a game that will likely decide the Pac-12 North Division winner. USC travels to Eugene to battle Oregon on November 19.
It was a nail biter at the Coliseum Saturday night as the USC Trojans came oh so close to knocking off their Pac-12 rivals the Stanford Cardinal in overtime. That game gave Stanford a little boost in the USA Today/Coaches poll this week as there was a lot of Pac-12 action involved in the poll.
Stanford remained No. 3 in the poll after sneaking past the Trojans, rounding out the top five with LSU and Alabama at No. 1 and 2 respectfully, followed by Oklahoma State and No. 4 and Boise State at No. 5. The Oregon Ducks moved up a spot to No. 6, while Arizona State moved up two spots to No. 18 this week. Washington remained right outside the polls, receiving 38 votes.
Clemson and Kansas State took the biggest hits this weeks after stunning losses for both schools, moving Clemson from No. 6 to No. 12, and Kansas State from No. 12 to No. 19. On the other hand, Georgia Tech and Texas used big Week 9 victories to move back into the top 25, while Texas Tech and Texas A&M fell out of the polls completely this week.