The AP released their weekly college football rankings this morning and it comes as no surprise that USC is nowhere near them. However, that doesn’t mean the rankings don’t affect the Trojans as they move forward under new interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
The top five remains unchanged from last week which means the Pac-12 still features two top-five ranked teams — Oregon and Stanford. UCLA moved up a spot to 11th with a tough but solid win against Utah on Thursday while Washington dropped to 16th after falling valiantly to Stanford last night.
USC will avoid two of those four ranked Pac-12 teams because of the conference’s rotating schedule. November dates with Stanford and UCLA loom large.
On the other end, Arizona State, who jumped into the rankings on the strength of their win over the Trojans, dropped out of the rankings from 22th with their loss to Notre Dame. Notre Dame, who USC faces on October 19, is still receiving just 12 votes even after the win.
Something else to consider: Washington may have lost but it in no way hurt the Huskies’ stock. Two big winners of the hard-fought loss were Keith Price and Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian, USC fans will remember, is a potential candidate for the Trojan’s head coaching position. If he keeps his squad playing like they did on Saturday night his viability as a hire will only rise.
In a similar vein, Northwestern dropped three spots to 19th after their loss to Ohio State, but the way his Wildcats challenged the Buckeyes, Pat Fitzgerald only increased his national standing and heated up the pursuit by many schools to hire him away.
|AP Top 25 (via ESPN)|
- Dropped from rankings: Arizona State 22, Ole Miss 24, Maryland 25
- Others receiving votes: Auburn 61, Notre Dame 50, Nebraska 35, Wisconsin 29, Michigan State 16, UCF 7, Ole Miss 3, Arizona State 3, Rutgers 2