USC performance was not impressive enough to rise in the this week’s rankings. It wasn’t even enough to stay put.
The week 2 AP Polls was released on Tuesday afternoon. The voters dropped the Trojans down to No. 17, two spots from their pre-season ranking No. 15. This comes following huge jumps by Virginia Tech and LSU and big drops by Miami and Michigan after week 1. As mentioned USC didn’t have a stand out performance against UNLV as they needed a 4th quarter serge to put away the Rebels. The AP ranking differs from where the coaches rank the Trojans. The USA Today Coaches Poll ranks the Trojans at No. 12, which is 3 spots from their preseason No. 15 ranking in the Polls.
This week will bring a much tougher test for USC as they travel to Palo Alto to face the Stanford Cardinal. Stanford jumped up three spots to No. 10 in the AP Polls following their 31-10 victory over San Diego State. Week 2 will provide many with answers about this Trojans team. Key stat to keep in mind. USC is currently 1-3 against Stanford when the Cardinal is ranked in the AP top ten.
The Pac-12 still has a strong presence in the AP Polls. Washington only dropped three spots to No. 9 despite losing a close game to Auburn in Atlanta, Georgia. Oregon only jumped up a spot following their victory over Bowling Green. Utah received 71 votes in the AP Polls while Washington State received only 6.