USC football returned to the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll after finishing the regular season at 8-4 with a 52-35 victory over rival UCLA.
USC football now has a clean sweep of rankings, appearing in the AP and Coaches Polls after making their debut in the College Football Playoff Top 25 last week.
The Trojans checked in at No. 25 in both the AP and the Coaches votes. They are the highest ranked four-loss team in the nation in each. They were ranked No. 23 in the playoff rankings before their win over UCLA on Saturday.
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The 52-35 rivalry win secured an 8-4 record in the regular season and set USC up for a potential berth in the Pac-12 title game. The Trojans need Utah to lose their regular season finale to Colorado this coming Saturday in order to win the Pac-12 South.
Whether or not the season continues with a championship game appearance, USC has objectively completed a turnaround from last season’s 5-7 disappointment. They can finish no worse than third in the conference and will enter bowl season as a ranked squad.
Will that be enough to save Clay Helton’s job? That’s a question not for the pollsters, but for new athletic director Mike Bohn. Still, the fact that Helton is ranked to end the 2019 regular season is something Bohn will have to consider when he makes his decision on the embattled head coach.
Top 25: AP | Coaches
- LSU | LSU
- Ohio State | Ohio State
- Clemson | Clemson
- Georgia | Georgia
- Alabama | Alabama
- Utah | Utah
- Oklahoma | Oklahoma
- Florida | Florida
- Minnesota | Minnesota
- Michigan | Baylor
- Baylor | Michigan
- Penn State | Penn State
- Wisconsin | Oregon
- Oregon | Wisconsin
- Notre Dame | Notre Dame
- Auburn | Auburn
- Memphis | Cincinnati
- Cincinnati | Memphis
- Iowa | Boise State
- Boise State | Iowa
- Oklahoma State | Oklahoma State
- Appalachian State | Appalachian State
- Virginia Tech | Virginia Tech
- Navy | Navy
- USC | USC
Utah is the highest ranked team in the Pac-12 going into the final week of regular season play. That means Colorado will have to pull off an unlikely upset of the nation’s No. 6 team in order to boost the Trojans into the conference title game.
Oregon dropped to No. 14 in the AP and No. 13 in the Coaches after falling to ASU on Saturday. The Sun Devils are now receiving votes in the AP poll.
Notre Dame remains a solid loss for the Trojans as the No. 15 team in both polls.