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.
Award-winning journalist Eric Hansen, 48, has been covering college athletics since 1983 and is currently assistant sports editor and the Notre Dame football beat writer for the South Bend Tribune.