USC secured bragging rights with a thrilling 48-45 win over crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, but the Trojans also earned so much more in the process. They clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game and moved up to No. 5 in the new Coaches Poll released Sunday.
A stunning loss for Tennessee at South Carolina opened the door for USC to climb into the top five of the new ranking as the Trojans prepare for a showdown with Notre Dame to close the regular season. The Volunteers dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 because of their 63-38 loss to the Gamecocks.
Though USC still has work to do in order to qualify for the College Football Playoff, the Trojans' rise in the polls is a good sign of their viability on the national stage. With quarterback Caleb Williams looking like a Heisman Trophy contender, the Trojans will have the nation's attention as they take on the No. 15 Fighting Irish this week before playing yet another quality opponent in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 2.
Oregon was among the big winners from the poll this week as the Ducks rose four spots to No. 9 following their win over Utah. If Oregon beats No. 22 Oregon State in a rivalry game this week, it will set up a top-10 clash in the Pac-12 title game between the Ducks and USC.
Check out the full top 25, as voted on by the 63 FBS coaches who make up the Coaches Poll. First-place votes are in parenthesis.
Coaches Poll top 25
- Georgia (59)
- Ohio State (1)
- Michigan (2)
- Penn State
- Kansas State
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- North Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Oregon State
- Coastal Carolina
Others receiving votes: UCF 41; Troy 39; South Carolina 38; Pittsburgh 17; Wake Forest 16; Iowa 15; Louisville 9; Boise State 9; South Alabama 8; Illinois 8; Air Force 6; Purdue 5; Washington State 3; Liberty 3; Georgia Tech 2; Mississippi State 1.