USC, Oregon State tumble in the polls

October, 28, 2012
10/28/12
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The Pac-12 now has six teams in the AP poll, but that pleasant detail omits that Oregon is now the conference's only top-10 team.

Oregon remained No. 2 in both the AP and coaches poll, the latter counting in the BCS standings, which will be released this evening. The Ducks are expected to be fourth in the BCS standings, behind Alabama, Kansas State and Notre Dame.

Those three beat ranked teams this weekend, while the Ducks were relegated to eviscerating woeful Colorado.

Both polls had the same top five: Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame and LSU, which plays Alabama on Saturday.

The problem now for Oregon is its suddenly threatened strength of schedule. Entering the weekend, the Ducks could lean on having a pair of top-10 foes ahead: USC on Saturday and Oregon State in the season finale.

But the Trojans got dumped by Arizona, and Oregon State fell from the unbeaten ranks at Washington. USC is now 17th in the coaches poll and 18th with the AP. Oregon State is 13th in both polls.

Stanford was 15th in both polls.

The coaches poll didn't give the Pac-12 as much love as the AP. Arizona was 24th and UCLA 25th in the AP poll. Neither were ranked in the coaches poll, though they both received votes.

Ted Miller | email

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