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AP Poll, Week 9: USC Moves to No. 20 After Big Win Over Notre Dame

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.

2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Stanford
5 Boise State
6 Clemson
7 Oregon
8 Arkansas
9 Michigan State
10 Kansas State
11 Oklahoma
12 Wisconsin
13 Nebraska
14 South Carolina
15 Virginia Tech
16 Texas A&M
17 Michigan
18 Houston
19 Texas Tech
20 USC
21 Penn State
22 Georgia
23 Arizona State
24 Cincinnati
25 West Virginia