For the second straight week, the USC Trojans and crosstown rival UCLA Bruins seemed to be headed in opposite directions in the AP Top 25 Poll.
The Trojans obliterated Notre Dame, 49-14, scoring on five consecutive first half possessions en route to a 35-0 second quarter lead Saturday afternoon while the Bruins laid an absolute egg in the Rose Bowl against a Stanford squad that has struggled to be bowl eligible this season.
Instead of warming up and preparing for a rematch with Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game, UCLA will have to watch Arizona and think about what could have been. The loss also cost the Bruins in the AP Poll Top 25 as they dropped seven spots to No. 16.
USC isn't in the AP Poll Top 25, but is sitting just three points behind Nebrska for a top 25 position. There are once again four Pac-12 teams ranked with Oregon leading the way in third. The Ducks' Pac-12 Championship Game opponent, Arizona, sits at No. 8 and could make a claim for one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff if the Wildcats can upset Oregon for the second time this season.
The Wildcats knocked off Arizona State in the Territorial Cup battle, knocking the Sun Devils down to No. 17, just behind UCLA. Here's the complete AP Poll Top 25 with the Coaches Poll and the latest updated Massey composite computer rankings:
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Oregon|
|6||Ohio State||Ohio State||Georgia|
|7||Michigan State||Michigan State||Ohio State|
|9||Kansas State||Kansas State||Florida State|
|10||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Auburn|
|12||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Kansas State|
|17||Arizona State||UCLA||Georgia Tech|
|22||Boise State||Boise State||Clemson|