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Trojans tumble out of Top 10 of AP poll

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As expected, given the fact that five ranked teams went down in defeat throughout the day Saturday, a shakeup was expected when the polls were released Sunday afternoon.

Just as expected, USC — along with Michigan State — took the biggest tumble of the teams that stayed in the Top 25 despite a loss.

Ranked as the No. 2 team in the country last the two weeks by the Associated Press after opening the 2012 season at No. 1, the Trojans suffered its first loss of the season against Pac-12 nemesis Stanford, a 21-14 loss that dropped USC all the way out of the AP’s Top 10 and into the No. 13 spot.

Conversely, the huge “upset” propelled the Cardinal, ranked No. 21 last week, into the Top 10.  In the latest set of rankings, Stanford sits at No. 9.

Notre Dame was also the poll beneficiary of a huge win over a highly-ranked opponent.  The Irish jumped all the way from No. 20 to No. 11 on the strength of its dominating 20-3 over then-No. 10 Michigan State.  The Spartans fell the same number of spots as the Trojans and are ranked this week at No. 21.

Also as expected, Alabama remained the No. 1 team in the country.  Somewhat unexpectedly, it wasn’t unanimous.

While Alabama was the runaway leader in first-place votes (58), LSU, which replaced USC as the No. 2 team, received the other two No. 1 nods from the media.

Oklahoma, which was apparently unimpressive playing Bye Weekend University yesterday, dropped one spot to No. 6.  Oregon, (No. 3), Florida State (No. 4), South Carolina (No. 7), West Virginia (No. 8) and Clemson (No. 10) each moved up one spot from a week ago.  Georgia rounded out the Top 10, moving up two spots from No. 7 to No. 5.

Ohio State, which escaped with a seven-point win at home against Cal, by far dropped the furthest of the teams that won, falling from No. 12 to No. 16.

Virginia Tech actually dropped the furthest of any team regardless of the situation this week, going from No. 13 to the ranks of the, um, unranked courtesy of its stunning 35-17 loss to hapless Pittsburgh.  Tennessee (then-No. 23) and BYU (No. 25) also fell from the Top 25.

Taking their places were Mississippi State (No. 23), Boise State (No. 24) and Nebraska (No. 25.).

Below is the complete set of AP rankings, courtesy of our good buddies at

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26 Responses to “Trojans tumble out of Top 10 of AP poll”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 16, 2012 12:27 PM

    These pre- and early-season rankings are popularity polls. No teams have faced enough quality opponents to truly rank them by their strength at this time. In another few weeks or so, we should all have a better idea.

    Early rankings reflect the popularity of the teams by West Coast and NE sports writers. After enough games are played, these rankings begin to better reflect actual on field performances. The cupcakes that many teams now play early in the season and sometimes inter-posed between more quality opponents will have to be eliminated by the time the playoff system begins. At that time SOS (strength of schedule) will matter in rankings even more than it does now.

    High ranked teams will fall, and more will fall, while those who aren’t the favorites of sports writers will rise due to their wins and how they win. The rankings for now will be very volatile.

    Now on to conference competition for most teams where rivalries and tougher competition often resides.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Sep 16, 2012 12:48 PM

    Miss st top 25? Sec bias hard. Also it doesn’t mention Clemson. Did the tigers move up?

  3. tigersgeaux says: Sep 16, 2012 12:56 PM


    Most sports writers are from the West and North East so we doubt they favor the southeast for anything.

    What are you reading? The actual AP ranking are printed above and Clemson is in the top 10 at 10!

    All they have to do is to keep winning (as all the teams need to do) with higher quality opponents tha most will be facing over the next couple of weeks and they will remain or be solidly in the top 10 or 5.

  4. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 16, 2012 12:58 PM

    Hey, where’s papabush to tell us:

    1. “We’re USC, if you saying anything that doesn’t puff us up, you’re a hater!”

    2. “We ALWAYS win, deal with it!”

    Papa averages like 87 posts for each SC thread, but funny, not a peep out of him right now…

    P.S. Sandusky/Redd karma is a bee-otch!

  5. manchestermiracle says: Sep 16, 2012 1:27 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite: So instead of enjoying a break from him you choose to bring him up. That must mean you really do miss him. How nice. “87 posts for each SC thread?” Can you say “slight over exaggeration?” And you blame papabush for being bombastic.

    Oh, and very classy to put Redd into the same boat as Sandusky.

  6. thraiderskin says: Sep 16, 2012 1:48 PM

    Wow… I don’t agree the Trojans should fall beyond the top 10, I also don’t agree my Buckeyes should falls all the way to 16… maybe its ticky tacky, but they should not have gone more than two spots. I don’t really understand the rationale of the drops in those two cases.

  7. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 16, 2012 1:55 PM

    USC fans always like to beat their chests like they’re actually part of the national-championship conversation — taunting us with such false statements as “you just hate us because we win haters, nyahhh!”

    Then they always lose and drop out of the race as usual. But do these fans then admit they were wrong? Nah, they simply don’t have the seeds for that.

    But I guess pointing out the obvious truth makes you a “hater” too.

  8. addict2sport says: Sep 16, 2012 1:59 PM

    USC earned their tumble. They’ll earn their way back up by the time it’s all said and done. There’s a long way to go in this season. It’s best to lose early, as long as they can bounce back and learn from the loss. No reason to panic. On the bright side, maybe this will lead some to fall off the bandwagon so there’s more true Trojan fans and less disgruntled Raider Nation tailgating at the Coliseum.

  9. phelbin says: Sep 16, 2012 2:19 PM

    USC’s huge tumble was only because Stanford was ranked too low to begin the season. Yes they lost Andrew Luck but this team went to BCS bowls the last two years. They deserved more credit.

    (I’m not a fan of either btw)

  10. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2012 2:40 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 16, 2012 12:58 PM
    Hey, where’s papabush to tell us:

    Probably using his superior U$C education to try to figure out why the football gods have been so mean to them.

  11. ldfontenot says: Sep 16, 2012 5:22 PM

    It’s not USC fans who deserve condemnation; they are just supporting their team (after a very tough 3 year period) as all of us do with our teams; it’s the ridiculously silly sportswriters who dubbed them #1 over Bama, LSU & Oregon when all on- field play and coaching ability indicated otherwise.

  12. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 16, 2012 7:52 PM

    I knew ND would jump up, but Damn!! Ten spots!!!

  13. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Sep 16, 2012 7:56 PM

    They jumped like five other rank schools that also won over the weekend. No way are they better than Kansas St, Florida, and Texas … Jeez hate to see where they will be tank after next week if they go 4-0 … They ‘ll probably be number 2, maybe #1 just because they’re ND and they’re 4-0… When will this sick love affair ends

  14. tigersgeaux says: Sep 16, 2012 7:57 PM

    The joke in my family is that the pollsters will have the Irish in the top 25 every year to drop out after the first few games. This year once again they put the Irish on the list and then after the Irish actually win a game that was a toss up, they promoted the Irish. The joke now is that the pollsters will promote Notre Dame to the top 5 and then to the top 2 if they keep winning because they want them back at the top. That is from ND alums! ha.

  15. Deb says: Sep 16, 2012 9:22 PM

    I have no ax to grind between the Cardinals and Trojans … but that was a great game. Losing Luck clearly hasn’t been Stanford’s undoing.

  16. kozbee says: Sep 16, 2012 9:23 PM

    Stanford imo should be ranked # 6 beating the so called #1 team in the nation,whats up with

  17. stairwayto7 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:57 PM

    Trojans should not be in top 20! Hey Silas Redd PENN STATE WON….DID YOU?

  18. kiopta1 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:17 PM

    Actually tiger if that does happen its cause they keep winning with the toughest SOS this year.

  19. suprmous says: Sep 17, 2012 4:49 AM

    tigersgeaux, now that’s funny. I can remember when each of the 3 bros were at Bama it never ceased to amaze me how the pollsters were so hell bent and determined to ignore Bama for the top spot and Coach Bryant would just (in his best voice) say,”hell it’s all Parsigsan’s (or however he spelled it) fault”. Many a time did I think my dad would fall out in the floor laughin and the bros would just look at him like he’d lost his last ounce. And that was before I could feel comfy bout rootin for LSU in the house. Havin 3 bros and Pa pa go to Bama and my mom elsewhere it was a nitemare aroun our house,hahaha.

  20. cambodianbreastmilk says: Sep 17, 2012 6:03 AM

    I’m an Irish fan, but I don’t think they deserve to be that high. I was thinking after the win they’d vault to #14ish. All I can hope is that they continue to win and play well. I’m not sold on the offense yet but I think Kelly has a Top 12 Defense.

  21. lakesidegator says: Sep 17, 2012 8:17 AM

    The loss to Standord couldn’t have happered to a more deserving corch.

  22. florida727 says: Sep 17, 2012 8:56 AM

    As a Gator fan, I’m fine with Florida at #14. It may be a little high, but probably not by much. Nice wins over A&M and Tennessee, both on the road. I think we deserve to be where we’re at. Two weeks off before LSU comes to Gainesville (Kentucky this week, then the actual bye week).

    I’ll reiterate what I posted on another story: my opinion only, but rankings before week 6 or 7 are meaningless, except for the media doing their job, which is to create discussion/interest in college football, and nothing does that better than someone telling you that your team is NOT as good as you think they are, or that another team/rival is better than you. That’s their only purpose. Once the meaningful conference games kick in, reality will rule the day. The Alabama/LSU winner will have an inside track to the national title, as they should. The USC/Oregon/Stanford survivor will as well. The Big 10 has already eliminated themselves from consideration. Florida State can make an argument for themselves IF they run the table; their matchup v. Clemson (I think it’s this week) will tell a lot. The Big 12 will define its own argument for a title shot, but it’s way too early for any one of their team to claim it now. Six weeks from now the picture will become much more clear. Even as a Gator fan, I’m expecting Alabama to be right in the mix. They’ve looked awfully good against Michigan and Arkansas, both teams that a lot of people expected much from. ‘Bama made them both look very ordinary… if not outright outclassed. Have to give credit where it’s due. Until someone beats them, they’re right where they deserve to be, at #1.

  23. foreverlsu says: Sep 17, 2012 11:29 AM

    FIght on, USC! lol!!

  24. foreverlsu says: Sep 17, 2012 11:31 AM

    kiopta1 says:Sep 16, 2012 10:17 PM

    Actually tiger if that does happen its cause they keep winning with the toughest SOS this year.

    Really? How so with five B1G 10 teams on schedule?

  25. dkhhuey says: Sep 17, 2012 11:35 AM

    F@#$ me – it appears OSU is taking the brunt of the weak Big Ten showing – win a game, drop 4 spots so with that logic, if we win next week – we’ll be close to being out of the Top 25 at 4 – 0.

    Makes sense to me!

  26. tigersgeaux says: Sep 17, 2012 11:57 AM


    That is the sickness, unfairness of the pre-season and early season popularity polls as southernpatriots calls them.

    He also railed against them last season for exactly the same thing you observed this season…a team can win and lose rankings, even 4 places or so!

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