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AP POLL RELEASED: Trojans Just Outside The Top 25, Fresno State Stands 21st Overall

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Trojans sit just outside the Top 25 rankings in the final week of the regular season and have their sights set on playing inspired football under interim coach Clay Helton in the bowl game, hoping to climb into the final AP Rankings to end the season after starting 24th overall in the Preseason polls.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Florida State (56) 13-0 1,496 1
2 Auburn (4) 12-1 1,444 3
3 Alabama 11-1 1,376 4
4 Michigan State 12-1 1,278 10
5 Stanford 11-2 1,217 7
6 Baylor 11-1 1,185 9
7 Ohio State 12-1 1,130 2
8 South Carolina 10-2 1,099 8
9 Missouri 11-2 1,066 5
10 Oregon 10-2 880 12
11 Oklahoma 10-2 878 18
12 Clemson 10-2 848 13
13 Oklahoma State 10-2 797 6
14 LSU 9-3 726 14
15 UCF 11-1 629 15
16 Arizona State 10-3 614 11
17 UCLA 9-3 544 17
18 Louisville 11-1 525 19
19 Wisconsin 9-3 383 21
20 Texas A&M 8-4 282 22
21 Fresno State 11-1 227 24
22 Duke 10-3 201 20
23 Georgia 8-4 196 25
24 Northern Illinois 12-1 144 16
25 Notre Dame 8-4 76 NR
Others Receiving Votes: USC 74, Iowa 48, Miami (FL) 47, Vanderbilt 25, Texas 22, Cincinnati 11, Bowling Green 10, Washington 9, Rice 7, North Dakota State 4, Minnesota 2

Finally some food for thought as the official Bowl Game schedule will be released tonight...