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College Football Rankings Week 10: Will USC Remain In AP Poll Top 25 After Loss To Stanford?

Six teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 lost on Saturday.

The USC Trojans began their week ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press college football poll. After nearly upsetting the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal before ultimately falling 56-48 in three overtimes, will USC remain in the AP poll top 25 once the rankings are released on Sunday morning?

The Trojans climbed eight spots, from No. 28 to No. 20, after beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last week. To stay in the top 25, it will have to be because voters think USC did enough to hang with the big boys Andrew Luck and the gang.

There were plenty of upsets in the AP top 25 on Saturday:

Those first four don't really affect USC much, other than perhaps Georgia Tech leapfrogging the Trojans after the Yellow Jackets' big win over Clemson. But both Texas A&M and Texas Tech could drop lower than USC since their losses came to unranked teams.

The problem for USC is that the 11 teams directly below them, Nos 21 through 31, all won on Saturday. But perhaps the Trojans had enough votes last week that they won't suffer a huge drop after their loss to Stanford. Here are the vote point totals for the bottom part of the poll last week:

Associated Press Poll, Week 9
Rank Team Points
19 Texas Tech 350
20 USC 340
21 Penn St. 312
22 Georgia 290
23 Arizona St. 239
24 Cincinnati 71
25 West Virginia 64
26 Auburn 62
27 Southern Miss 48
28 Baylor 47
29 Washington 32
30 Georgia Tech 30
31 Texas 26

There was quite a drop in points from No. 23 to No. 24 in the poll. It seems possible, if not likely, that USC will remain in the top 25 despite their loss to Stanford.

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