The Trojans are also ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25, USA Today Coaches Poll, and the Harris Poll, and sit one spot behind their crosstown rival in all three of the human polls, and the BCS.
Now sitting at No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches poll, the Trojans moved up two spots from last week. They were ranked No. 23 in both the Harris poll and AP Top 25 last week.
If the Trojans are able to defeat the No. 22 Bruins, and soundly beat them, they could then potentially see a big jump in their poll position(s).
With unexpected results and significant help, a trip to a BCS bowl game could be within reach.
Many may point to the loss against Washington State as the most crippling, but as the Trojans creep back into the polls, the loss to Notre Dame may prove to be the most daunting.
Since Ed Orgeron took over, the Trojans are 7-1, including 4-0 in November, which is the month that Pete Carroll coached teams typically thrived in.
Complete BCS Standings
2. Florida State
3. Ohio State
7. Oklahoma State
10. South Carolina
11. Michigan State
12. Arizona State
14. Northern Illinois
16. Fresno State
21. Texas A&M
25. Notre Dame