The USC Trojans stood their ground in both the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll after Saturday’s come-from-behind victory over Arizona State. The Trojans are the 20th-ranked team in both polls, moving no spots after their 28-27 win on Saturday.
USC represents just one of two Pac-12 schools in the top 25 as Oregon vaulted up one spot in the AP Top 25 to No. 11 and up two spots in the Coaches Poll to No. 12. The only other Pac-12 teams to receive votes are Utah, Washington, Cal and, of course, Arizona State.
The Trojans would ultimately need some help to reach their hopeful destination of the College Football Playoff with just six weeks of football left. It was largely thought that any Pac-12 team would need to ‘look good’ while also finishing their shortened Pac-12 season undefeated at 7-0.
USC looked good for a few minutes against Arizona State but Oregon looked sharp for a team that was replacing over 200 starts on their offensive line, a four-year starter at quarterback and a secondary void of multiple NFL draft picks who opted out.
In their comeback victory, USC QB Kedon Slovis completed 40-55 passes for 381 yards with two scores while Trojans CB Chris Steele led the way with two pass breakups and no catches allowed on five targeted passes.
USC is back in action on November 14 against Arizona.