Poll Position: Trojans move up and Ducks fall off

Jarvis Jones, USC, college football
USC becomes one of several programs reaping the benefits of Oklahoma’s stunning 14-13 loss to BYU.  The voters’ tumbling of the Sooners led to the ascent of the Trojans, who climbed one spot to hold the No. 3 position in both the AP and Coaches’ polls.

Members of the media still failed to give Southern California a single first place vote, and they cling to just one from the coaching group.  But with a spotlight game this coming weekend in Columbus, the Trojans have an opportunity to make a statement and prove their worth against the 8th ranked Buckeyes.


1. Florida
2. Texas
3. USC
4. Alabama
5. Oklahoma State
6. Mississippi
7. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. BYU
10. California

Bringham Young rightfully reaped the greatest rewards of the weekend, leaping 11 spots and into the top 10.  ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, who has a vote for the AP, place the Cougars 5th on his ballot.  Taking a tough tumble were the Oregon Ducks, who in a single outing lost a game, their star player, and a position in the top 25.  Oregon lost to the higher ranked team, in a close contest, and on the road, yet voters decided they were no longer worthy.  I doubt Boise State would have fallen out of the top 25 had they lost to Oregon. Cal’s drubbing of Maryland over the weekend, allowed the Bears to join USC as the second representative from the Pac to be listed among the nation’s top 10.

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~ by Anthony on September 8, 2009.

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