Irish move back into polls in bye week

Next week's opponent, USC, moves up to sixth

October 11, 2009, 1:17 PM

By: Eric Hansen

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame moved back into the Top 25 in the Associated Press writers' college football poll on a weekend in which coach Charlie Weis was in South Florida recruiting and the Irish players didn't so much as practice.

The Irish (4-1), who tumbled out of the poll Sept. 13 after a 38-34 loss to Michigan a day earlier, re-enter at No. 25. Their upcoming opponent this Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, USC (4-1), also moved up during its bye week.

The Trojans will head to Notre Dame ranked sixth, up from seventh a week ago.

The Irish also moved back into the coaches' Top 25, at No. 25, and made a big leap in the Sagarin computer rankings, jumping to No. 17.

Eric Hansen covers Notre Dame for ESPNChicago.com and the South Bend Tribune.

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