USC falls to No. 2 in AP Poll
Alabama has leap-frogged USC for the top spot in the most recent AP Poll. Both teams routed first week opponents, but voters obviously found the Tide’s victory over Michigan to be more impressive than the Trojans defeat of the unranked Warriors.
Alabama defeated the eighth ranked Wolverines 41-14 on a neutral field Saturday afternoon, while USC drubbed Hawaii 49-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Though the victors were equally impressive, their opponents are worlds apart. Michigan entered 2012 as a Big Ten favorite. Hawaii enters hoping to finish above .500.
Alabama is now the nation’s consensus No. 1, also securing the top spot in the USA Today Coaches’ poll. The coaches elevated USC to No. 2, after a third place position in the preseason.
It should be noted that after USC’s 49-36 victory over Hawaii in 2010, the Trojans fell two spots in the AP Poll. Voters are not impressed by victories over non-BCS programs, unless they are named Boise State.