Despite losses by South Carolina and West Virginia ahead of them, the Trojans held position in both national polls after their 24-14 win over Washington. In the AP, USC sits at #11 behind one-loss teams LSU, South Carolina and Oklahoma, whose big win over Texas launched them over the Trojans and back into the top ten.
That means USC currently ranks as the fourth one-loss team in the country, but with match ups still coming against Oregon and Notre Dame, there is plenty of time to move up the polls.
West Virginia’s loss saw them tumble to an AP rank of #17 and a coaches rank of #15, while Texas Tech launched to #18 and #20 with their upset win. The shake up likely dashed the Mountaineers national hopes and may have damaged Geno Smith’s Heisman run.
Notre Dame continued their climb up the polls to #5 in both polls on the strength of their overtime victory against Stanford, which ended on a controversial goal line call. The Cardinal dropped to #22 in the AP and #23 in USA Today as a result. Oregon State meanwhile picked up their fifth win and moved up to #8 in the AP, though the coaches continue to rank them considerably lower at #11. Mike Riley’s treat of In-N-Out after the win probably makes up for that.
Arizona State earned the #24 spot in the coaches poll this week as they quietly sit at 5-1, though with Oregon on the way they may not keep that ranking.