USC is fortunate not to fall out of the Top 25 after their performance in Palo Alto. The Trojans offense failed to capitalized on opportunities and looked out sync. Point being, there are a ton of questions that has to be answered. Right now many Trojan fans are thankful or surprised that the team is still ranked in the Top 25. Next week USC will look to rebound as they travel to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns.
A loss to Texas next week will most likely knock USC out of the Top 25. While it’s still early for the Trojans to get things together and there are more urgent things to look at than early rankings, It’s a pretty troubling sign right now.
The Pac-12 didn’t see much movement in the rankings. Stanford swapped with Washington at No. 9 and No. 10. The voters didn’t seem too impressed with the Cardinal’s performance against USC either. Oregon moved up three spots to No. 20 following their win over Portland State. Following their upset win over Michigan State, Arizona State made their debut in the AP Top 25 leaping to No. 23. Herm Edwards club currently 2-0 and playing pretty good football at the moment. Utah continues to push their way into the rankings as they grabbed 92 votes following their win over Northern Illinois.
USC rival Notre Dame stayed put at No. 8 following their narrow victory over Ball State at home. It’s possible that the Trojans could face up to three ranked opponents on the remaining schedule, however things are very early at the moment.