Sunday, November 26, 2006

USC Number 2 in new BCS

Southern California's championship hopes just got a lot brighter, as it jumped in front of idle Michigan to capture the No. 2 slot in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The upward vault comes on the heels of USC's convincing 44-24 win over Notre Dame at the Coliseum on Saturday night. The Irish tumbled six spots to No. 12 as a result of that loss.

Ohio State (12-0), which completed its regular season with a memorable win over Michigan on November 18, received all 65 first-place votes to retain the top spot for the 14th straight week.
Florida (11-1) stayed in the fourth position following its narrow 21-14 victory over Florida State, and LSU moved up four spots to No. 5 after edging Arkansas on Friday.

Louisville, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Boise State round out the top 10.
Nevada was considered Boise State's biggest challenge on the schedule by many, but the Broncos (12-0) rolled to an easy 38-7 win this past week.

Auburn starts the second 10 and is followed by Notre Dame, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

The Scarlet Knights (10-1) rebounded from their surprising loss to Cincinnati by dropping Syracuse this week, and can capture the Big East title with a win over West Virginia on Saturday.
Wake Forest came in at 16 while Tennessee and Texas share the 17th position. The Longhorns (9-3) fell six spots after losing to Texas A&M. The Aggies, meanwhile, went from not being ranked to securing the 22nd position. Nebraska and BYU complete the top 20.

The final five teams in the AP poll this week are California, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Hawaii and Boston College.

Clemson, which was ranked 24th, fell out of the poll after a loss to South Carolina.

The Sports Network

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