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AP Top 25: USC Regains The No. 4 Ranking

USC climbs back into the Top 4 following their 42-25 win over Stanford

NCAA Football: Stanford at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Following their 42-24 defeat over Stanford Saturday night, USC made a jump back into the Top 5. The Trojans found themselves at No. 4 once the AP Top-25 Sunday afternoon.

Last week USC dropped two spots from their previous preseason ranking No. 4 after a less than impressive win against Western Michigan. Many questioned if the Trojans looked like the No. 4 team in the nation, but after Saturday night’s performance against a ranked Stanford team, those questions were indeed answered.

Stanford, who was previously ranked No. 14, dropped down 9 spots to No. 19 following the loss. The Washington Huskies, still the only Pac-12 team outside of USC that’s ranked in the Top Ten, moved up from No. 7 to No. 6.

Washington State dropped down a spot to No. 21 while the Trojans cross town rival in UCLA makes their debut in the AP Poll at No. 25. The Colorado Buffalos and Utah Utes also received Top 25 votes, but are currently unranked.

There were some changes in the Top 10. Oklahoma Sooners, who had an impressive road win over Ohio State, jumped 3 spots to No. 2. The Sooners also received 2 first place votes.

The Buckeyes took a steep drop to No. 8. Penn State dropped down a spot to No. 5, Michigan jumped up a spot to No. 7. Oklahoma State made its way into the Top 10 at No. 9 and Wisconsin dropped to No. 10.

Last season’s National Championship Game participants in Clemson and Alabama remained in their current spots (Clemson No. 3 and Alabama No. 1). Clemson received a first place vote after defeating Auburn, while Alabama received 58.