USC Ranked in AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll

Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) celebrates after a 47-yard field goal by Andre Heidari (not pictured) with 19 seconds left against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Stanford 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The feel-good emotions encompassing USC got another boost on Sunday as the Trojans find themselves ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press poll, and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

With the 20-17 win over Stanford, the Trojans improved to 8-3 overall, and 5-2 in Pac-12 play.  Interim Coach Ed Orgeron has the team 3-0 in November and 6-1 since he replaced Lane Kiffin.

The victory keeps the Trojans’ hopes of winning the Pac-12 South alive, however slim they may be.

In order for that to happen, Arizona State, first in the division, would need to lose their final two conference games (UCLA, Arizona), and the Trojans would need to win their remaining conference games (Colorado, UCLA).

Following a win over Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., the Trojans avoided a potential letdown and soundly defeated Cal.

They’ll need a similar performance as they make the trip to Boulder, Colo. for a game against the Buffaloes on Nov. 23.

AP Top 25

1. Alabama (10-0)
2. Florida State (10-0)
3. Baylor (9-0)
4. Ohio State (10-0)
5. Oregon (9-1)
6. Auburn (10-1)
7. Clemson (9-1)
8. Missouri (9-1)
9. Texas A&M (8-2)
10. Stanford (8-2)
11. Oklahoma State (9-1)
12. South Carolina (8-2)
13. Michigan State (9-1)
14. UCLA (8-2)
15. Fresno State (9-0)
16. Wisconsin (8-2)
17. UCF (8-1)
18. LSU (7-3)
19. Arizona State (8-2)
20. Northern Illinois (10-0)
21. Louisville (9-1)
22. Oklahoma (8-2)
23. USC (8-3)
24. Ole Miss (7-3)
25. Duke (8-2)

USA Today Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (10-0)
2. Florida State (10-0)
3. Ohio State (10-0)
4. Baylor (9-0)
5. Oregon (9-1)
6. Clemson (9-1)
7. Auburn (10-1)
8. Missouri (9-1)
9. Oklahoma State (9-1)
10. Texas A&M (8-2)
11. South Carolina (8-2)
12. Stanford (8-2)
13. Michigan State (9-1)
14. UCLA (8-2)
15. Louisville (9-1)
16. Fresno State (9-0)
17. Wisconsin (8-2)
18. Oklahoma (8-2)
19. LSU (7-3)
20. UCF (8-1)
21. Northern Illinois (10-0)
22. Arizona State (8-2)
23. Minnesota (8-2)
24. Duke (8-2)
25. USC (8-3)

Topics: Football, USC Trojans

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