USC football takes major jump in AP Top 25 Poll after smoking Stanford
USC football is now the No. 7 team in college football, as they were ranked as such by the AP Top 25 Poll. This is a THREE-spot jump from where they were entering last week at No. 10. With so much chaos happening in front of SC in terms of the teams ranked ahead of them last week, they were sure to move up. How far up remained to be seen, and SC will CERTAINLY take a jump like this.
To put this in perspective, remember how hyped Utah was to start the year (and perhaps rightfully so)? Well, they were ranked seventh to begin the season. USC is playing at the level Utah was expected to. Also, this means USC is once again the highest ranked Pac-12 team in the poll, as they were last week.
They are also ranked higher than anyone on their remaining schedule, as they were last week as well. Clearly, they're good enough to have a high enough ceiling where they can beat anyone on that schedule. Of course, things rarely go perfectly for college football teams, and bumps in the road feel inevitable. It feels good, however, to establish this type of momentum early in the season like this.
USC football now has just one ranked team remaining on the schedule, currently.
USC football's only remaining opponent who is currently ranked is Utah, after Notre Dame hilariously lost to Marshall at home. As to USC's ranking, there likely won't be too many objections due to what the college football world has seen from the Trojans on both sides of the ball.
While SC does need to work on getting off the field earlier on defense, they have forced four turnovers in each game of the year so far. And then on offense, there's nothing to particularly not like. SC is second in the country with 8.62 yards per play, and is first in that metric among teams ranked in the poll.
They are second in passing efficiency too (212.57), and also first among teams ranked in the poll there. They're tied for first in the nation with 53.5 points per game so far, and also first in the nation with 11.77 yards per pass attempt. Caleb Williams has certainly lived up to the hype, leading the offense to a top six ranking in pass yards per completion (14.91).
USC is 2-0, while outscoring their opponents 105-42 on the year so far. Doing it against not only a Group of Five team in Week 1 (Rice), USC did it to a traditional opponent in Stanford for a Power 5 road matchup as well. Week 2 certainly looked like SC's Week 1 success was no fool's gold, and USC will have the chance to keep proving themselves back at home for Week 3 against Fresno State.