USC Football jumped up four spots in the Week 10 AP poll, impressing on a road trip to ASU with a 48-17 blowout over the upset-minded Sun Devils.
USC Football needed a bounce back win after an embarrassing loss and they delivered in Tempe, handling ASU 48-17.
As a reward for restoring some faith in their Pac-12 South title hopes, AP poll voters moved the Trojans up four places to No. 17.
The Trojans leapfrogged Stanford at No. 18 and took advantage of No. 20 NC State’s loss to Notre Dame, No. 24 Michigan State’s upset to Northwestern and No. 25 Washington State’s drop after losing to Arizona.
The Wildcats are USC’s next opponent and can now boast their first ranking of the year, checking in at No. 23. The fact that Arizona is now ranked could be meaningful for the Trojans, besides making Homecoming a marquee matchup. With the win over unranked ASU, Clay Helton has never lost to an unranked squad.
There is a streak which could be on the line on Saturday though as Helton remains undefeated at the Coliseum, going 14-0 as an interim and permanent head coach.
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Besides, USC, Stanford, Arizona and Washington State, No. 12 Washington remains the top ranked Pac-12 squad.
The Trojans hold a similar ranking in the Amway Coaches Poll, moving up to No. 17 while also leapfrogging No. 18 Stanford, No. 19 NC State and now-unranked Washington State and Michigan State.
Arizona is also ranked in the coaches Top 25, but they just made the cut at No. 25. Washington stayed put at No. 11.
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With USC sitting at No. 17 in both the AP and coaches polls, the Trojans will learn their standing in the College Football Playoff rankings when they are revealed for the first time this year on Tuesday.