LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans celebrates following the game against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 26, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC defeated UCLA 50-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

College Football Rankings: USC Trojans Finish Strong

USC was tied for ninth in the AP poll with Boise State last week.

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College Football Rankings: USC Trojans Finish No. 6 In AP Poll

No bowl game and finish number six in the rankings? That's not so bad for the USC Trojans, as it sets up for a spectacular 2012 campaign.

USC finished sixth overall in the AP Poll, just beating out the team they lost to head-to-head, the Stanford Cardinal, losers of the Fiesta Bowl. USC's non-performance wasn't enough to beat out Alabama (your undisputed national champions), LSU (national champion losers, although perhaps finishing with the most accomplished regular season of them all), Oklahoma State (Fiesta Bowl champions), Oregon (Rose Bowl champions) and Arkansas (Cotton Bowl champions).

With a lot of prominent players (particularly Matt Barkley) coming back for USC, you have to think they'll figure to be around this spot come the 2012 preseason. USC will probably have a chance to be the top Pac-12 team, although Oregon figures to be right there with them.

To discuss USC and the college football rankings, head to Conquest Chronicles.


BCS Rankings, Week 15: USC Trojans Would Probably Have Finished In Top 10

The final BCS rankings will not include the USC Trojans. They'll have to wait until 2012 when they are off probation. Only the Oregon Ducks (5th) and the Stanford Cardinal (4th) are left among the Pac-12, who both finished in the top five. 

To relate this to the LA hometown teams (no, not you UCLA!), let's think about where USC would have been ranked if they were eligible for the Bowl Championship Series. Considering they always play a tough non-conference schedule (and a road matchup in Notre Dame), USC would probably have finished somewhere close behind Oregon and Stanford, perhaps even ahead of either of them. And the Trojans would probably have been an attractive choice for a BCS bowl like the Fiesta, even over Andrew Luck and Stanford.

In fact, if USC could have triumphed over Stanford in their triple overtime thriller, they would probably have the top ranking among all these teams and set up a dream national championship matchup with LSU. So close!

Here are the official rankings. Click here for a more comprehensive look at the final standings.

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

To talk about USC football, head to Conquest Chronicles.


College Football Rankings Week 15: Oklahoma State Narrowly Edged By Alabama For No. 2 in Coaches Poll

With college football fans waiting around with faded breath to see where their favorite teams may be playing their bowl game this winter, the USA Today/Coaches Poll for week 15 left LSU and Alabama as the top dogs in the country once again, though the Oklahoma State Cowboys are nipping at their heels. 

Ok-State comes in at No. 3 after their impressive victory over Oklahoma for the Big-12 Championship Sunday night, only 32 points behind Alabama for the second spot. The Stanford Cardinal (No. 4) and Oregon Ducks (No. 5) fill out the top five, with the Ducks getting the bid for the 2012 Rose Bowl after demolishing UCLA for the Pac-12 title, and will face the now No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers. Boise State, Arkansas, South Carolina and Kansas State round out the rest of the top 10. 

Here is the full coaching poll for week 15. 




2 Alabama


3 Oklahoma State


4 Stanford


5 Oregon


6 Boise State


7 Arkansas


8 Wisconsin


9 South Carolina


10 Kansas State


11 Virginia Tech


12 Michigan


13 Michigan State


14 Clemson


15 TCU


16 Baylor


17 Houston


18 Georgia


19 Oklahoma


20 Nebraska


21 So. Miss


22 West Virginia


23 Penn State


24 Cincinnati 


25 Florida State

College Football Rankings Week 15: USC Trojans No. 5 In AP Poll, Pac-12 Has Three Teams In Top Six

The USC Trojans ended their season a week ago and were thus off on Saturday. Yet they still managed to gain in the Associated Press poll. The penultimate college football rankings are out and USC is No. 5 in the new AP poll. The Trojans were tied with the Boise St. Broncos for ninth in last week's poll. The Trojans' road win in Eugene against the Oregon Ducks proved huge.

USC is ineligible for both the Harris Poll and the USA Today coaches poll. The Pac-12 has three teams in the top five, joining the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal and the No. 6 Ducks. Oregon vaulted two spots from No. 8 last week after their Pac-12 Championship Game win over the UCLA Bruins on Friday night.

Here is the AP poll top 10:

  1. LSU (all 60 first place votes)
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Stanford
  5. USC
  6. Oregon
  7. Arkansas
  8. Boise State
  9. Wisconsin
  10. South Carolina

USC has been ranked in the top 25 in nine of 15 Associated Press polls this season.

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
Nov 20 10
Nov 27 t9
Dec 4 5

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


BCS Rankings Projections, Week 15: Stanford, Oregon To Give Pac-12 Two Top 5 Teams; Rose Bowl To Feature Two Top 10 Teams

The final BCS standings will be revealed Sunday night on ESPN, and it appears the college football rankings will smile upon the Pac-12 Conference. The Oregon Ducks won the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game with a 49-31 triumph over the UCLA Bruins Friday night, and could rise four spots to No. 5 this week. The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will feature a matchup of top 10 teams, according to the latest BCS projections by Samuel Chi on SB Nation.

Chi believes that the Oklahoma St. Cowboys did enough to surpass the Alabama Crimson Tide, and lays out a compelling case for the Cowboys as the No. 2 team in the nation. He has the Pasadena-bound Wisconsin Badgers as the new No. 10 team. Here are Chi's projected top 10:

  1. LSU
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Alabama
  4. Stanford
  5. Oregon
  6. Boise State
  7. Arkansas
  8. Kansas State
  9. South Carolina
  10. Wisconsin

The Stanford Cardinal appear headed for a BCS bowl. While the Fiesta Bowl has been mentioned as a possible destination for Andrew Luck and the gang, Chi has Stanford slated for a Sugar Bowl matchup in New Orleans against Alabama. Stanford and Oregon would give the Pac-12 two teams in the top five. The Ducks were No. 9 in the BCS standings last week.

The final BCS standings will be revealed at 5:15 p.m. PST in the selection show on ESPN. The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Hirbstreit, and Lisa Salters on the call.


BCS Selection Show 2011: Stanford Cardinal Await Their Fate Sunday Night On ESPN

Now that college football's regular season is over, the penultimate college football rankings are due to be released on Sunday. The final BCS standings will be revealed on Sunday night, which will also help determine the fate of five bowl games. One thing we do know, before the standings are released, is that the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers will face one another in the 2012 Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

As for the rest of the BCS, that will be determined Sunday night on ESPN. At 5:15 p.m., the final BCS standings will be revealed. We know for certain that the undefeated LSU Tigers will be number one, but the issue will be whether Alabama will remain at its strong No. 2 position last week or will Oklahoma State move up one spot after their destruction of Oklahoma on Saturday night.

Also waiting for their fate is the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal, who look to give the Pac-12 Conference a second team in a BCS bowl. Stanford and Andrew Luck could be headed for the Fiesta Bowl.

At 6 p.m. PST on ESPN, the bowl selection show will reveal the participants of the 30 - yes, 30 - non-BCS bowls. The UCLA Bruins, even while under .500 at 6-7, are one of seven Pac-12 teams eligible for a bowl. The Bruins are likely either headed to the Las Vegas Bowl on December 22, or the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on December 31.

For more news on the UCLA Bruins and their bowl destination, be sure to read Bruins Nation.


College Football Rankings, Week 15: Idle USC Trojans Likely To Rise In AP Poll

USC was tied for ninth in the AP poll with Boise State last week.

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