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USC Drops to No. 18 in AP Poll

The Trojans head out of the bye week in good standing.

Big stretch of games loom for USC's Pac-12 chances.
Big stretch of games loom for USC's Pac-12 chances.
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The Trojans had the week off, giving assistant coaches the chance to recruit across Los Angeles and beyond, but plenty of great Pac-12 games unfolded in the wee hours of the night. Led by No. 2 Oregon, who survived an upset bid by Washington State up in Pullman, the Pac-12 landed five teams inside the top-18 overall rankings.

The Pac-12 South, led by the three-headed monster of UCLA, ASU and USC (down one spot from last week) all rest in good standing as the heart of Pac-12 play really gets rolling in the weeks to come. The Bruins and Sun Devils will headline next week's action with a ranked matchup of division favorites on Thursday night.

USC hosts Oregon State, who beat San Diego State 28-7 in Reser Stadium while the 4-0 Arizona Wildcats head up to Eugene, Oregon for a revenge meeting with the Oregon Ducks. Time for the Pac-12 to really drive you crazy with all these close games pitting teams of very equal talent across the board.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Florida State Florida State Alabama
2 Oregon Alabama Oklahoma
3 Alabama Oklahoma Auburn
4 Oklahoma Oregon Oregon
5 Auburn Auburn Texas A&M
6 Texas A&M Baylor Georgia
7 Baylor Texas A&M Florida State
8 Notre Dame Notre Dame Baylor
9 Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State
10 Ole Miss UCLA LSU
11 UCLA Ole Miss UCLA
12 Georgia Arizona State Notre Dame
13 South Carolina Georgia Wisconsin
14 Mississippi State Stanford Stanford
15 Arizona State South Carolina Ole Miss
16 Stanford Mississippi State USC
17 LSU Wisconsin Ohio State
18 USC LSU Kansas State
19 Wisconsin Nebraska Clemson
20 BYU Ohio State Oklahoma State
21 Nebraska BYU South Carolina
22 Ohio State USC Florida
23 East Carolina Duke Mississippi State
24 Oklahoma State East Carolina Arizona State
25 Kansas State Kansas State BYU
For a composite Top 25 college football ranking, visit