AP Poll Released: Trojans Await Rivalry Tilt With Notre Dame

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC (4-2) remains outside the Top 25 rankings, trailing four Pac-12 squads including UCLA, which climbed into the Top 10 ranks for the first time since 2005. The Trojans next opponent Notre Dame, earned 39 votes in the poll while Utah, who is coming to the Coliseum in two weeks, also is gaining steam in the national conversation.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 6-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 6-0 1,438 2
3 Clemson 6-0 1,352 3
4 Ohio State 6-0 1,330 4
5 Florida State 5-0 1,242 6
6 LSU 6-1 1,137 10
7 Texas A&M 5-1 1,105 9
8 Louisville 6-0 1,077 8
9 UCLA 5-0 1,017 11
10 Miami (FL) 5-0 912 13
11 South Carolina 5-1 896 14
12 Baylor 5-0 849 15
13 Stanford 5-1 824 5
14 Missouri 6-0 749 25
15 Georgia 4-2 615 7
16 Texas Tech 6-0 590 20
17 Fresno State 5-0 383 21
18 Oklahoma 5-1 380 12
19 Virginia Tech 6-1 352 24
20 Washington 4-2 309 16
21 Oklahoma State 4-1 264 22
22 Florida 4-2 249 17
23 Northern Illinois 6-0 185 23
24 Auburn 5-1 156 NR
25 Wisconsin 4-2 153 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Michigan 118, Nebraska 94, Michigan State 69, Utah 47, Notre Dame 39, Oregon State 21, UCF 19, Texas 16, Northwestern 7, Arizona State 7, Houston 3, Rutgers 1

Notre Dame and USC have traditionally been counted among the elite programs in college football, with each school having won 11 national championships and seven Heisman Trophies. Both the Trojans and Fighting Irish enter Saturday's tilt with two losses, each looking to propel their stock back into the Top 25 ranks.

This football rivalry, which began in 1926, is considered one of the most important in college football, and is often called the greatest inter-sectional rivalry in college football. Last season, then top-ranked Notre Dame came on the road to Los Angeles defeating the Max Wittek-led Trojans 22-13 in USC's last game of the regular season.

USC, which has won 9 of their past 11 against Notre Dame, will also embrace in their first road trip with interim head coach Ed Orgeron controlling the program. The UCLA Bruins and Stanford Cardinals will square in a top-13 tilt next Saturday in Palo Alto, which looks to be the most intriguing conference game on the Pac-12 Saturday slate.

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