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USC Just Outside Coaches Poll Top 25; UCLA Drops 7 Spots

Trojans sit at No. 27.

Darreus Rogers scores on one of Cody Kessler's six touchdown passes.
Darreus Rogers scores on one of Cody Kessler's six touchdown passes.
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The USC Trojans' dominant victory over the now lowly Notre Dame Fighting Irish wasn't enough to boost USC back into the Amway Coaches Poll Top 25. Following the Trojans' win on Saturday, USC moved up to No. 27 with 52 voting points and sit right behind Utah, who is also right on the outside looking in, leaving four Pac-12 teams ranked for the second week in a row.

Oregon's blowout victory in the Civil War against Oregon State kept them sitting at No.3 behind Alabama and Florida State, who both survived big scares in their rivalry games to stay at the top of the polls. All three teams will be in action this weekend in their respective conference championship games and all three will be heavily favored.

The Pac-12's one big gainer was Arizona. After the Wildcats' win in the Territorial Cup, Arizona got bumped up four spots to No. 8. The loss cost Arizona State five spots, dropping from No. 13 to No. 18 while Stanford dominated the Bruins and it cost them dearly in the rankings. UCLA saw the biggest tumble of any team in the polls slip sliding seven spots to No. 17.

USC is still ranked in the computer composite rankings (pending the AP Poll's release later today), coming in at No. 24. Here is the complete Coaches Poll and a composite of the computer rankings, via Massey:

Coaches Massey composite
1 Alabama Alabama
2 Florida State Oregon
3 Oregon TCU
4 TCU Mississippi State
5 Baylor Baylor
6 Ohio State Georgia
7 Michigan State Ohio State
8 Arizona Ole Miss
9 Kansas State Florida State
10 Mississippi State Auburn
11 Wisconsin Michigan State
12 Georgia Tech Kansas State
13 Missouri UCLA
14 Ole Miss Wisconsin
15 Georgia Oklahoma
16 Oklahoma Missouri
17 UCLA Georgia Tech
18 Arizona State Arizona
19 Clemson LSU
20 Louisville Arizona State
21 Auburn Arkansas
22 Boise State Clemson
23 Nebraska Louisville
25 Minnesota Nebraska