College Football Rankings, Week 12: USC Stays At No. 18 In AP Poll, Set To Play BCS No. 4 Oregon Ducks

USC travels to Pac-12 leader Oregon next week.

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BCS Standings Week 12: Oregon Ducks Now No. 4, Will Host USC Trojans Saturday Night In Eugene


The Week 12 BCS Rankings have been released. As expected, Saturday's Stanford vs. Oregon game ended up having huge ramifications on the BCS standings. In a near-reversal of last week's BCS poll, Oregon now finds itself sitting at No. 4 overall, and the Stanford Cardinal have slid all the way down to No. 9. The Ducks managed this feat by handing Stanford their first loss of the season and taking control of first place in the Pac-12 North.

Next on the slate for the Ducks are none other than the USC Trojans. USC plays Oregon in Eugene next Saturday night at 5 p.m. PST in a nationally televised game on ABC. Oregon is hoping to lock up a spot in the Rose Bowl and perhaps keep their hopes alive for an appearance in the National Championship Game. The Trojans, meanwhile, will be looking to rain on Oregon's parade and hand the Ducks a Pac-12 loss on their home turf.

The full BCS Week 12 Rankings:

1. LSU
2. Oklahoma State
3. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Oklahoma
6. Arkansas
7. Clemson
8. Virginia Tech
9. Stanford
10. Boise State
11. Houston
12. South Carolina
13. Kansas State
14. Georgia
15. Michigan State
16. Nebraska
17. Wisconsin
18. Michigan
19. TCU
20. Southern Miss
21. Penn State
22. Baylor
23. Texas
24. Auburn
25. Florida State

For more USC football news and information, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: USC Trojans Remain At No. 18 In AP Poll

The Week 12 college football rankings are out, and the USC Trojans have remained at No. 18 in the Associated Press poll, the same as they were last week. The Trojans beat the Washington Huskies 40-17 on Saturday and are 8-2 heading into their matchup in Eugene next Saturday night against the Oregon Ducks. This is the sixth time the Trojans have been in the AP top 25 this year.

USC in the AP poll
Date AP Rank
Preseason 25
Sep 6 28
Sep 11 27
Sep 18 23
Sep 25 t38
Oct 2 34
Oct 9 31
Oct 16 28
Oct 23 20
Oct 30 21
Nov 6 18
Nov 13 18

Here is the AP Poll Top 10:

  1. LSU Tigers (all 60 first place votes)
  2. Oklahoma St. Cowboys
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide
  4. Oregon Ducks
  5. Oklahoma Sooners
  6. Arkansas Razorbacks
  7. Clemson Tigers
  8. Stanford Cardinal
  9. Virginia Tech Hokies
  10. Boise St. Broncos

USC is ineligible for the USA Today coaches poll this season.

For more USC football news and information, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Oregon Moves to No. 4, Stanford Falls to No. 9 in USA Today/Coaches Poll

After the Oregon Ducks took care of the Stanford Cardinal down on the Farm in Palo Alto Saturday night, they have set themselves up nicely for some BCS action at the end of the year, while the Cardinal may have removed themselves for the BCS conversation all together. There was a lot of shifting inside the USA Today/Coaches Poll top 25 this week, though LSU remained as the top dog in the country. 

Alongside LSU inside the top five are Oklahoma State holding strong at No. 2 Alabama, Oregon, and Oklahoma. Stanford's season crushing loss dropped them from fourth all the way to No. 9  this week, while Boise State's second-straight season killing field goal snafu cost them big time in the polls, falling all the way to No. 11. The USC Trojans get their shot at the Oregon Ducks next weekend up at Autzen Stadium.

TCU used their Boise State victory to rise up to  No. 19, Southern Mississippi moved to No. 20, while Florida State and Notre Dame rejoined the top 25 at No. 22 and No. 25 respectfully.  


1 LSU


2 Oklahoma State


3 Alabama


4 Oregon


5 Oklahoma


6 Arkansas


7 Virginia Tech


8 Clemson


9 Stanford


10 Houston


11 Boise State


12 Michigan State


13 Wisconsin


14 South Carolina


15 Georgia


16 Nebraska


17 Kansas State


18 Michigan


19 TCU


20 Southern Miss


21 Penn State


22 Florida State


23 Georgia Tech


23 West Virginia


25 Notre Dame

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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Pac-12 Has Three Teams In Sagarin Computer Ratings Top 20

The USC Trojans have moved up three spots to No. 17 in the latest college football ratings by Jeff Sagarin at USA Today. The Trojans, who beat the Washington Huskies 40-17 on Saturday in Los Angeles, are one of three Pac-12 teams in the top 20. Last week USC was ranked No. 20 in the Sagarin ratings.

Here is a look at the Sagarin ratings top 10, which include some limited movement of several teams thanks to three losses by last week's top 10. The Oregon Ducks moved up from No. 7 to No. 5:

  1. LSU Tigers
  2. Oklahoma St. Cowboys
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. Oregon Ducks
  6. Stanford Cardinal
  7. Boise St. Broncos
  8. Arkansas Razorbacks
  9. Texas A&M Aggies
  10. Kansas St. Wildcats

The Stanford Cardinal stayed at No. 6 despite their home loss to Oregon. USC travels to Eugene next Saturday night to battle No. 5 Oregon in a nationally televised game on ABC.

For more USC football news and information, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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BCS Rankings Projections, Week 12: Oregon Ducks, Stanford Cardinal Could Switch Spots After Pac-12 Showdown

The game of the year in the Pac-12 Conference saw the Oregon Ducks assume control of the league with a 53-30 road win over the previously unbeaten Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto on Saturday night. When the BCS rankings are released later Sunday night, Oregon is expected to rise to No. 4 in advance of their matchup with the USC Trojans next Saturday night in Eugene, essentially switching spots with Stanford.

Samuel Chi in his BCS projections at SB Nation has the same top six predictions as Brad Edwards of ESPN. Here are Chi's predicted BCS standings top 10:

  1. LSU
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Alabama
  4. Oregon
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Arkansas
  7. Stanford
  8. Clemson
  9. Boise State
  10. Virginia Tech

Stanford was No. 4 and Oregon No. 7 in last week's BCS standings. Chi said the Cardinal are likely headed for the Fiesta Bowl for their second straight BCS bowl appearance. Oregon could be headed for the Rose Bowl, but they are still alive for the BCS Championship Game should Oklahoma State (and possibly Alabama) lose.

USC plays Oregon in Eugene next Saturday night at 5 p.m. PST in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

For more USC football news and information, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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BCS Projections, Week 12: Oregon Ducks Could Rise To No. 4 Heading Into Matchup With USC Trojans

The USC Trojans are not eligible for postseason play this season, so they are reduced to the role of spoiler in the Pac-12 Conference. On October 29, the Trojans nearly knocked off the Stanford Cardinal, then No. 6 in the BCS, before falling in triple overtime in Los Angeles. Next Saturday, the Trojans have their toughest test of the year, on the road in Eugene against the Oregon Ducks, who will rise in the BCS standings on Sunday.

Oregon took control of the Pac-12 North Division with a 53-30 win over Stanford at Palo Alto on Saturday night and look like a good bet for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on January 2. But the Ducks could have bigger sites in mind, and possibly rightfully so. Brad Edwards of ESPN projected the Ducks to be fourth in the BCS standings:

  1. LSU
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Alabama
  4. Oregon
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Arkansas

Oregon was No. 7 in the BCS standings last week. USC has enough trouble in the state of Oregon, not winning a road game in the state since 2005. But facing the Ducks on the road will require the game of the year from the Trojans. If next Saturday can be anything like the triple-overtime 56-48 thriller with Stanford, it will be a fun night in Eugene on November 19.

For more USC football news and information, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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