The USC Trojans had an outstanding performance against the Stanford Cardinal to open Pac-12 conference play. A result of their 45-20 victory was a return to the Top 25. The Trojans appear at No. 25 in the latest AP Polls that released Sunday morning.
The Trojans started the season unranked in the pre-season AP Top 25 and only receiving one vote. They now vaulted up and deservingly so. True freshman Kedon Slovis looked very impressive along with the Trojans wide receiving corps, the defense managed to adjust, only allowing 6 points after giving up two touchdowns, and the team took a halftime lead after trailing 17-3. Doing all this against a ranked Stanford team was enough for USC to return to the Top 25. They’ll now go into next week’s road game against BYU as a ranked team.
USC is one of five Pac-12 teams ranked in this week’s Top 25 poll. The Trojans replaced Stanford in the polls following last night’s game as the Cardinal dropped out. The Washington Huskies dropped from No. 14 to No. 23 following a home loss to the Cal. Washington State moved up two spots from No. 22 to No. 20 while the Oregon Ducks moved up a spot to No. 15 following a 77-6 blowout against Nevada. The Utah Utes become the Pac-12’s highest ranked team at No. 11 after moving up two spots from No. 13. The Trojans and Utes are now the lone ranked teams in the Pac-12 south.
Clemson, Alabama, and Georgia remain in the top three while LSU vaulted to No. 4 following a road victory over No. 12 Texas. Oklahoma dropped down a spot to No. 5 and Ohio State moved up to No. 6 after shutting out Cincinnati. After an overtime victory over Army, Michigan dropped three spots from No. 7 to No. 10 while the Florida Gators jump into the Top 10 at No. 10