USC Football: Trojans tumble in AP poll and Coaches Top 25

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USC football’s frustrating loss to Stanford on Saturday resulted in a tumble down both the AP poll and the Coaches Top 25.

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Last week, the AP poll and Coaches Top 25 couldn’t agree on USC football, one shifting the Trojans down after an underwhelming Week 1 performance and the other lifting them for simply getting a win.

Voters in both rankings are in agreement heading into Week 3, however. The AP poll dropped the Trojans five spots to No. 22 while the coaches knocked them down nine spots to No. 21.

Stanford didn’t get much credit for their 17-3 victory over a fellow Top 25 team. The Cardinal are now No. 9 in both rankings, leaping over Washington in the AP.

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There was very little across the board in the Top 10 after a largely uneventful Week 2. Despite a nervy win over Ball State, Notre Dame remained No. 8

USC wasn’t the biggest mover in either poll, thanks to Michigan State’s precipitous fall to No. 25 and No. 24 respectively. That drop came courtesy of an upset by the Arizona State Sun Devils, who debuted at No. 23 in the AP and No. 25 in the coaches after their 2-0 start to the Herm Edwards era.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Oregon rose from No. 23 to No. 20 in the AP poll and entered the coaches poll at No. 23 as both South Carolina and Florida dropped out.

Future opponents for the Trojans are also on the verge of making a rankings wave. Utah is the top vote getter outside the Top 25 in the AP while the Utes are second behind Texas A&M in the coaches.


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Washington State received a scattering of votes in each ranking as well.

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USC’s time in the Top 25 could be in jeopardy this week as they travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns, who fell out of the polls after a Week 1 loss to Maryland. If the Trojans don’t come away with a win, they’ll find themselves on the outside looking in.