USC and Notre Dame becomes a matchup of top-25 teams

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With the greatest intersectional rivalry being renewed this upcoming weekend, we see USC sitting on their familiar top ten perch. The idle Trojans became one of several beneficiaries of LSU’s loss to Florida on Saturday night.  The Tigers, previously unbeaten and ranked fourth, fell to No. 10 in both the AP and coaches poll, while settling in the ninth position for Harris voters.  Southern California took advantage, moving from seventh to sixth (AP and Harris) and fifth (coaches).  Apparently, the Associated Press and Harris voters have remained loyal to Boise State, as both publications still rank the Broncos ahead of USC.

The Fighting Irish also advanced during the bye week.  Notre Dame was bounced from the top-25 after losing to Michigan in the second game.  They now enter the seventh week clinging at No. 25.  Their resurfacing creates a top-25 matchup with USC  in South Bend next week.

AP Top 25

1 Florida (50) 5-0
2 Alabama (10) 6-0
3 Texas 5-0
4 Virginia Tech 5-1
5 Boise State 5-0
6 USC 4-1
7 Ohio State 5-1
8 Cincinnati 5-0
9 Miami (FL) 4-1
10 LSU 5-1
11 Iowa 6-0
12 TCU 5-0
13 Oregon 5-1
14 Penn State 5-1
15 Nebraska 4-1
16 Oklahoma State 4-1
17 Kansas 5-0
18 Brigham Young 5-1
19 Georgia Tech 5-1
20 Oklahoma 3-2
21 South Florida 5-0
22 South Carolina 5-1
23 Houston 4-1
24 Utah 4-1
25 Notre Dame 4-1

The Pac 10 has only USC and Oregon in this week’s polls.  That gives the conference less representation than the Mountain West and their featured three.  It also ties for the least of all BCS conferences, with the Big East, who started the season with no programs in the top-25 and has only eight members.

[Coaches’ Poll]  [Harris Poll]

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~ by Anthony on October 11, 2009.

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