USC Ranked No. 11 In AP Poll

USC moved up to No. 11 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 10 in the coaches’ poll. The full AP poll is after the jump:

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1
Alabama (61)
Record: 7-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,525

2
Record: 6-0
3
1,432
3
Record: 7-0
4
1,417
4
Record: 6-0
6
1,322
5
Record: 6-0
7
1,241
6
Record: 6-1
9
1,184
7
Record: 6-1
2
1,117
8
Record: 5-0
11
1,109
9
Record: 5-1
12
1,066
10
Record: 5-1
14
900
11
Record: 6-1
13
886
12
Record: 6-1
5
811
13
16
798
14
Record: 5-1
15
727
15
Record: 6-1
8
578
16
Record: 6-0
18
573
16
Record: 6-1
20
573
18
Record: 5-1
21
563
19
Record: 5-1
17
558
20
Record: 5-0
22
387
21
Record: 5-2
10
303
22
Record: 5-2
23
274
23
Record: 4-2
157
24
Record: 5-2
108
25
Record: 5-1
62
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  • 04Trojan

    But where oh where did Flow put them?

    • Chris

      I am sure behind Utah. His back up theory will prevail.

  • Chris

    Honestly, still doesn’t matter. It’s like the basketball tourney. Win and advance. You have to be 12-0 or 11-1 to get the invite. So just win.

  • Pudly76

    What no ruins on the list?

    • peter

      I find it good when the brubabies loose.I get satisfaction everytime we beat them. BUT ND I LOVE IT when we turn their green crimson. ND is the team each year I look to us to destroy. This is a National rivalry, best in football. If the team doesn’t get pumped to another stratosphere,then we are without spark.
      Time to put Utah behind and think about the idiot JERRY TILLER. We should fly into south Bend without the need of wings.This team should take the mojo we had against Stanford, to another level.

      • Michael Guarino

        Nice stuff, peter.

      • Pudly76

        Good stuff Peter!
        espn power index has the irish with a 72% chance to win, that alone should motivate them. Let alone the tillery tomfoolery kicking AcaCedrick in the head while down and out!

        • peter

          Stanford index was high to beat us too.!!! Want to see our team fired up.

        • gotroy22

          Power index is a joke.

          • Pudly76

            Agreed, was just pointing to it as a motivational tool. I’m sure by this weekend there will be plenty!

  • steveg

    The polls always show the east coast bias, this one in particular. Miami??? OK St??? I can see where Wisconsin, and TCU are up for a big fall as they finally have some tough games coming up. Georgia hasn’t had a tough game all season, the easiest schedule in college football. They sqeaked by ND by 1. USC has their future in their own hands, just win baby.

    • gotroy22

      We will see if Georgia’s win over ND was quality or not.

  • Ed Garrett

    probaly wood be hire if jack b tolled every one all the importint poeple he clamed to wathc the gaims with, smdh! im sure they r so exsited to wathc the gaim with a trainsengender like jack b,

    • Gabby

      You’re an idiot…..move on.

      • Ed Garrett

        u have a girls name,

        • Gabby

          My girlfriend said the same thing

          Switch hitting has it rewards

      • gotroy22

        That’s his schtick.

    • Traveler

      tedious twit.

      • Ed Garrett

        gee,,,briliant repartee, shmaveler, smdh,

    • Lunderful

      Do you have a speech impediment that impacts your writing?

  • peter

    Rankings, Utah game all secondary. One name to think about Jerry Tiller,the cheep A.s ND shot he and his team took last year.This is it the greatest national rivalry in football. Beating them is second to none. Brubabies are just a local distraction.

    • rusoviet

      That photo of Lou Gehrig ‘SC’ and Babe Ruth ‘ND’ 1927 – remember this was a month after the NYY had defeated the Pirates four straight and is considered the finest squad in MLB history.

      The best recognize the best!

      • peter

        There were some long train rides in this series. Many decades. Hype for many years was deep rooted, organic. Curious how much history the young Trojans will receive this week. I trust there will be many veterans of this game at practice.

        • rusoviet

          The success of the USC Trojan teams gave confidence when LA bid for the X Olympiad. It also moved Dan Reeves to move his CLE Rams to LA in 1946 which in turn brought the: dodgers, Lakers, etc. to re-locate to Los Angeles.

          • peter

            Sports, and film industry. later tv.

  • Michael Guarino

    Anthony Barr (remember him?) just broke Aaron Rodgers’ collar bone on a late hit. Mora would be proud. Watch the UCLA/Arizona game and count the number of cheap shots executed by the Bruins. It’ll be nice when Mora is out of college football.

    • Sas

      Somebody will get him for that. Aaron Rodgers is a somebody. But we needed WASU or Washington St to stay undefeated.

      • Traveler

        Uhh….it’s “Wazzu”, which is short for Washington State. <>

        • Sas

          Wow!
          You got me !
          I feel like crap!

          • Golden Trojan

            When you read too much of Wolf, typos get to be a habit!

          • Sas

            Maybe so. Traveler is serious about getting names correct. He rolled his eyes at me.

          • gotroy22

            She is a troll, ignore her.

          • Michael Guarino

            I like WASU better, Sam! As a matter of fact, it’s no longer Wazzu —-it’s WASU for everybody!

          • Sas

            Haa!
            Don’t let that guy hear you say that Mike!

          • Michael Guarino

            I get the feeling it’s not a guy, Sam. A little too feline.

          • Sas

            He’s something!

          • Michael Guarino

            Ha! But what, Sam??

          • gotroy22

            You are correct, sir.

          • gotroy22

            troller is a feminazi. She has to compensate by being obnoxious for never playing the game.

          • Sas

            She’s touchy.

          • Pudly76

            I’m more into touchy-feely

          • Sas

            Me too!

          • Grammymb

            Apparently so is that fund raising guy that just got canned.

          • gotroy22

            Elton John wrote a song about her.

          • Pudly76

            Rocket man?

          • gotroy22

            Close…

          • gotroy22

            If sas says WASU and troller says Wazzu, then it’s WASU!

          • Michael Guarino

            I’m good with that, gt.
            #Traveler&HerWASUAreSoOver

          • gotroy22

            troller is the self appointed board grammar nazi.

          • Sas

            I hate grammar nazi’s.

          • gotroy22

            Imagine being married to that witch…

          • Michael Guarino

            Sorta like what Billy Crystal was married to in Princess Bride.
            Let’s all misspell everything for a bit until she blows a gasket correcting us….

          • gotroy22

            Should we misspell “Irish” all week?

          • Michael Guarino

            You know, gt, I think you may have something there. I’m for going with ISIS.

          • gotroy22

            Good one! I’ll use it too!

          • Michael Guarino

            Traveler is gonna get so exhausted —-which might be good for her.

          • gotroy22

            It’s troller. She’s a feminazi so I can’t believe she uses the politically incorrect handle of our mascot’s horse.

          • Michael Guarino

            Yeah —-what is THAT about?
            #OnlySheKnows

          • Sas

            Haaaa!

          • gotroy22

            I new study came out this week saying that being whipped to a witch like troller is bad for a man’s health.

          • Michael Guarino

            That makes several hundred of us, Sam!

          • steveg

            It’l heal.

        • gotroy22

          Hey it’s troller! Shouldn’t you be at a NARAL convention cheering the sale of baby body parts?

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            Probably more of a NAMBLA guy. (But this time, he IS right. “Wa St.” or “WSU” or “Wazzu.”)

            “WASU” is awful and I heard an announcer in a game refer to them as “Wazzu State.”

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            Sorry, sas was calling WA “WASU”

        • Grammymb

          You say tomato he says tomato.

          • Traveler

            Uhh…you missed the point: he basically said, “we needed Washington St or Washington St to win.” WASU (sic) IS Washington St.

            Where do y’all come from?!

      • Golden Trojan

        Interesting article by the San Jose Mercury News on how the Pac 12 scheduling is killing teams chances.

        • Sas

          A win in the Pac12 CG would have looked good over a team with no losses, but now it takes away from that situation. We may need some kind of help. Like Miami to lose and Clemson to lose again.

          • Golden Trojan

            Not to get ahead, too soon, but, beat WASU in the CG would be huge help, redeem the one loss.

          • Sas

            Yeah. As long as they can win out from here on.

          • Gabby

            I think Stanford is going to rise to the top of the division,

          • gotroy22

            Yes Stanford annihilated the hapless Quackers. Their era is over.

          • Grammymb

            Quackers been dead for a couple of years. Expecting Stanford to get there too. It’s just taking longer than expected.

          • Gabby

            Washington’s loss really f**k us. We’ll take all the help we can get

          • Sas

            Yep. But if WAZZU and UW can stay inside the top 15 the rest of the way we may be in good shape down the road. Assuming we handle our own buisness.

          • gotroy22

            One will lose to the other and drop out of the top 25.

          • Sas

            That’s what I’m thinking. But I hope not.

          • peter

            Truth is if we handle our own bizz,that means we are playing like last year at end. We have it in us.We win out,nobody will want to play us

          • Sas

            We can still turn it around. We’ve made it this far

          • Grammymb

            You handle your business and I’ll handle mine. Everyone handle their own.

          • Sas

            I agree.

          • gotroy22

            Could you believe they lost because the field goal kicking was so putrid?

          • Gabby

            Peterson once had a kicker that cost him dearly, while at Boise

          • gotroy22

            Apparently Peterson was so upset at the first easy kick being missed he put in the backup and he hit the goal post from 20 yards out!

          • Gabby

            Interesting, I didn’t realize it was the backup. The kicking game continues to haunt him. I still think he’s a great coach. Somethings you can’t control

          • gotroy22

            The announcers said Washington can’t seriously compete for the playoff with bad kickers like that. Ouch!

          • Pudly76

            Remember everyone worrying about our kicker, glad it worked out?

          • gotroy22

            We have no worries in a close game. That will be big in the playoffs.

          • Michael Guarino

            Really dumbo move on Petersen’s part. [Is that what’s called biting off your nose to spite your face]?

          • gotroy22

            Unfortunately Clemson and Miami don’t meet in the regular season.

          • Sas

            That sucks.

          • peter

            Miami will loose again.Hey buddy have a Great trip and time at game! !!!Hope you and yours have time of your life. Along with a classic victory.

          • Sas

            Bad news on my side. My friends plane ticket cannot be transferred to my name. No go for me . BUMMER! We tried everything. The airlines won’t budge. But thanks anyways!

          • gotroy22

            What airline? United?

          • Sas

            That I dont know. I just my buddy was ripping the supervisor for a good hour. The only way they change his name to my name is with a death certificate. It wasn’t meant to be i guess. But now I’m on a mission to get there in two years. I just feel bad that’s he out a plane ticket for now, and possibly a game ticket. I was willing to buy both.

          • Grammymb

            That’s only been a thing for, like, 20 years or more.

          • Sas

            I haven’t been on a plane since August 1997. World Youth Week in Paris, France….
            Got to see Pope John Paul II drive right in front of me. Pretty cool!!!!!

            But as you can see I don’t get around.

          • Sas

            American airlines. Which is now United also right?

          • peter

            That is a bummer. Hopefully the leprechaun suffers for this.

          • Sas

            Amen!

          • steveg

            Just got back from Ireland, friggen leprechauns everywhere

          • rusoviet

            Headin’ to the UK in 4 weeks

          • Grammymb

            And hurricane.

      • gotroy22

        The good news is Ohio State and Penn State will meet in two weeks and we can pass whoever loses.

        • Sas

          That’s true

          • gotroy22

            And Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will meet and we pass the loser by also…so we are #9 right there if we take care of business.

      • Hector of Troy

        A 1 loss PAC12 Champion makes the CFP.
        Now the question is will there be a 1 loss PAC12 Champion?

    • Pudly76

      Just playing hard Michael?

      • Gabby

        The league has made a point to protect the QB. Which has limited the aggressiveness of defenses

        • Pudly76

          Yeah, I’m not sure if I’m cynical or sarcastic but I was jesting!

      • Michael Guarino

        Barr has a history. I tend not to give him the benefit of the doubt.
        #JustLikeMora

    • Gabby

      I was watching the game. IMO, it looked like a bad no-call. The league will review it and take appropriate actions

    • gotroy22

      Would you consider Barr’s hit on Matt Barkley a cheap shot also?

      • Michael Guarino

        Let’s just say that Barr took FULL advantage of Tackle Aundrey Walker’s mind being on something other than the game.
        #BarrIsGonnaGetHis
        #AndNoOneIsGonnaShedATear

    • rusoviet

      He hit him in the 1st quarter – Barr is a bum who played for a bum at a corrupt school

      • Michael Guarino

        That about sums it up, Alv!

  • Gabby

    USC beats a quality opponent, but wolf drops the Trojans two spots, 13 to 15. I guess you would have to get inside of wolf’s head to figure that one out.

    • Pudly76

      I’ve got a crow bar Incase it’s rusty and doesn’t open easy.

      • Gabby

        Too funny!…..I can contribute some penetrating oil

        • Grammymb

          Is that for the handling of our respective businesses?

          • Gabby

            no, just a rusty cranium

  • Pac12 fan

    Just need to win out from here. All we can control! This week a good indicator at ND

  • Sas

    Go DODGERS!!!!!!!!

    • Pasadena Trojan

      Go Cubs

      • Sas

        But why???

  • Sandy Underpants

    So, in other polls, USC is now #1 in the Pac-12. That’s all we care about. Just win baby!!!

    • Golden Trojan

      First win the South, then the conference. The rest will take care of itself.

      • Sandy Underpants

        Not only are we going to win the conference, but we’re going to Indiana and Arizona and we’re going to Colorado and then the Rose Bowl and the National championship game, and then we’re going to Washington DC, to take back the white house– YEAAHHARGHHHH!!!

      • gotroy22

        First beat the Irish!

  • Golden Trojan

    Saturday will be a marquee game with the Irish. #11 and #13, both with one loss, season turning game for both. If SC wins big, could be the end of Brian Kelly.

  • Pudly76

    Cold hearted wind, blowing still!!

    • gotroy22

      Just think, they had delusions of grandeur 3 years ago when they signed Rosen. They are now closer to the cellar than the top.

      • Pudly76

        Delusions of grandeur be damned, they cemented themselves to the bottom of the south. Takes a special talent to ruin that many 4 & 5* athletes and turn them into the dregs of college football!

        • gotroy22

          How can they recruit so well and lose to Arizona’s 2 stars?

          • Pudly76

            It’s a secret that’s why mora clos s his practice while waiting for his patent to clear..

          • Grammymb

            It’s got something to do with blue parking placards.

  • gotroy22

    Where are the ruins this fine Sunday? Should we have a roll call for them?

    • Sas

      When we go to sleep that’s when they (J-metaphor, Owns) will show up.

      • gotroy22

        They would have been here all last night if we had lost.

        • fast fred

          But you won in such a positive way!

          • Grammymb

            That’s right. We WON.

  • rusoviet

    Worst case scenario – USC get’s blocked from the final four right?

    Well consider where they would then be placed for a bowl and who would be their opponent? Not from the ACC as i see only one team worth a darn in early December ‘maybe’ from the Big 10 but they tend to cannibalize each other and that leaves the Big 12 and SEC.

    Soooo….I’m thinking shades of 2003 and USC vs IA down in the Orange Bowl ‘cept this time it’s USC vs. GA who loses to AL in the SEC CCG.

    The AP is angry at how the FBS has further reached its’ tentacle to control and decides to go ‘2003’ and crowns the winner of that game their ‘nc’ for 2017.

    I know it’s a lot of ‘this and that’ but if USC were to be shut out the writers know who is worthy

  • FGL28

    I wonder if the beat writers hatred of Helton as shown by the subject columns, has any effect on polls? But the season is not over

    • Pudly76

      His vote is almost always lower (by far) than the avg voter

      • steveg

        You mean his vote is always the least informed.

        • Pudly76

          That too.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    My notes on USC making the CFP:

    To make the CFP we must win out. Obviously. Right now, I’d bet that it will be AL, GA, the BIG10 champ and whomever is best of the rest (Clemson winning out beats USC winning out). WA and Wazzu losing hurt us. Pac12 and Big12 are outside looking in.

    We don’t have much in our remaining schedule to build our already
    iffy resume with, except next week at ND and the PAC12 CG, though AZ and AZ St. look much more threatening than we expected in August. ND must be our Statement game. Stumble through the rest of the games, as has been our way in 2017, but we must dominate our last regular-season ranked opponent, on the road, on national TV.

    Who do we need help from? At least 7 in front of us must lose, since the SEC teams will need 2 losses (either GA or AL, which is a longshot) and we need a combined 3 losses between 2 teams in the Big 10.

    Alabama can still lose 1 game and stay in the CFP. If they win out but lose the SEC CG to an undefeated GA or lose one and beat and undefeated GA — 2 SEC teams could be in the playoffs. Beating FL St and murdering the cupcakes was impressive. 2 moderate wins. Auburn and LSU are the only (slightly) risky games.

    Penn State has 3 tough games plus the B10 CG. Same scenario
    as AL: win out, lose the B10 CG to undefeated WI, both could go. Headliner Barkley helps their credibility as does whipping Indiana and Northwestern. Iowa was too close, but PSU smashed everyone else they were supposed to smash. Next two games are super TOUGH; Mich then at Buckeyes then they are at very tough-again Sparty.

    Georgia looks like it has the easiest schedule (them or
    Wisconsin) to close the regular season, assuming they will play AUB better than LSU did. They could easily win out, lose the SEC CG to Alabama and still go to the CFP. Losing to Auburn and beating AL in the SEC CG will get them in, too. Quality wins over ND and Miss State and killing everyone but ND really helps them in ways our resume hurts us.

    TCU: OK St. and WV were impressive wins. Little struggle with SMU is the weak spot on their resume. Several tough games to finish: Io St., TX, OK, TxTech and the still-fighting Baylor Bears. Plus, they now have a CG.

    Wisconsin struggled with NW and Purdon’t, face upstart Terps, Iowa and Michiscum. A weak schedule like WA; one loss and they will need help.

    Ohio State is beating the hell out of everyone outside of the OK loss. Penn State at home after a bye this week is a lucky draw, especially with PSU having to get through Michiscum this weekend. Loser next week is out of playoffs.

    Clemson drops only 5 spots after road loss to mediocre team because, unlike USC, they have been impressive most of their time on the field EVERY game. The next 3 games will tell if they will beat our hopefully 12-1 resume, but like us, they need help in losses by teams above them.

    Miami (FL); There is no Karma. Otherwise these mammy-rammers
    would be 0-fer the season and injured permanently. 2 freak wins have them leaping up the ladder. Otherwise they have NOTHING. I don’t think it’s a reach to hope they lose 3 of last 6 VTech, ND and VA.

    Oklahoma: Losing at home to a 31-point dog with a LB at QB (not
    to mention almost losing to winless Baylor) negates the big win at OH St. TX last week was pretty good. They still have 4 major hurdles: TxTech, OK-Mullet,TCU and WV.

    Oklahoma State: Crushing most while 1-1 in close games
    against their 2 best opponents. The TCU game wasn’t really that close, but TCUis hot, so it’s not a bad loss. Still must win out and TX, WV OK, IO ST are atough stretch.

    • rusoviet

      You’re nuts if you think the FBS is going to put 2 teams from the same conference in – they did that back in 2012 AL vs. LSU and it was a ratings disaster.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        How can you keep AL out of the playoffs if their only loss is to GA in the SEC CG by one score? Or vice versa?

        • rusoviet

          They lost against each other and believe me no one (2012) wants to watch that again

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            No, I don’t believe that nobody wants that. If 2 of the 4 best teams are in the same conference, then they deserve to be there.

            Right now, AL and GA ARE 2 of the best 4 teams. If they finish the regular season unbeaten, then more-so the fact.

          • rusoviet

            That’s why you post here as I do and we don’t schedule future games – tv executives already know no one is going to watch GA vs AL Round 2. It isn’t going to happen – the better team wins their CCG and the loser is through

          • GreenFox

            If AL beats GA, or vice versa, the losing team is out. No one other than the fans of the losing team wants to see a rematch. It’s boring to most of the fans. If we want fairness, they should have 8 teams make the playoffs. That way the big 5 can send at least one team and then allow 3 other teams to be selected.

        • Pasadena Trojan

          I was watching the Finebaum show yesterday and they said no to this thought. the reason is they did not win out and lost in the last game so they would have to drop at least four spots.

    • Pasadena Trojan

      Two sEc teams will not be in the playoffs. The loser did not win their league.

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        “The loser did not win their league.”

        You mean like how Ohio State was shut out of the CFP because they didn’t win the Big10, waaaay back in 2016?

        Again: If AL or GA are undefeated when they meet in the SEC CG, a close loss does not eliminate either team in my book. Emotional distaste for 2 teams from the same conference being in the playoffs does not overrule FACT.

        There have been several occurrences where two top teams face off and the close loser drops only 2 spots.

        The 2nd-best or 3rd-best team should lose to the best team, that loss doesn’t make it the 8th best team. Not all losses are the same – the “a win is a win” or “a loss is a loss” concept is inane when considering an exact point in time.

  • Steve B.

    Be serious, the Trojans are no playoff team the way they have played this season. Notre Dame game will tell a lot about the season ending goals. This coaching staff is a negative with too many losers handling the different positions. The two co-ordinators are not doing the job along with Baxter and the horrible punt return team. The conference is weak all around to give any credence to the voters.

    • rusoviet

      A lot of truth there then again Clemson sure looked clueless losing to a SYR 4-3 team. What I’m driving at is the ACC is about the same prowess as the Pac-12 – not much there regardless of Miami at 7 – 0.

      I think the strongest conference is the Big 12 but OK, as the best team in 2017, loss to IA St. has them in big trouble. TCU will win next week against KS and probably but not definitely a week later @ IA St.

      There are 6 unbeatens left – Big 10 / PA St and WI, ACC / Miami, SEC / AL & GA and Big 12 / TCU.

      We saw three unbeatens go down since Thursday (WA, Clemson and WA St.) there is a lot of football left to play

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    WMich just lost at home as a 12.5-point fav.

  • GreenFox

    I think 11 is about right. It’s frustrating to watch them this season, but they have been winning..ugly, but winning.