COLLEGE FOOTBALL USC falls to No. 10 in AP poll
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLSU is one of just four teams that started the season ranked in the top 10 and remain there. The others are No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 8 West Virginia and No. 10 USC, which became the latest team to take a tumble after a startling loss to an unranked opponent. The Trojans fell to Stanford, 24-23, Saturday, then dropped eight spots in the rankings. California is the new No. 2, with its best showing in the AP Top 25 since 1951, when the Golden Bears were No. 1. Ohio State is No. 3 and No. 4 Boston College has its highest ranking since Doug Flutie had the Eagles fourth in 1984. South Florida, which entered the poll for the first time three weeks ago, is now No. 5. A week before the first Bowl Championship Series standings are released, LSU is a unanimous No. 1 in all the major polls. In the coaches’ poll, the rest of the top five is California, Ohio State, Boston College and Oklahoma and South Florida are tied for fifth. From news services No doubt about it, LSU is No. 1. As for the rest of the AP Top 25, five wild weeks of college football have taken quite a toll. The Tigers were a unanimous choice for the top spot in The Associated Press rankings released Sunday, receiving all 65 first-place from the media panel. The last unanimous No. 1 during the regular season was Ohio State in December. In the Harris poll, the top four are the same as the AP and coaches’ poll, but Oklahoma holds the No. 5 spot all to itself with USF sixth. The Harris and coaches’ polls are part of the formula to determine which teams will play in the BCS national title game Jan. 7 in New Orleans. On Saturday, a week after half the top 10 and nine ranked teams lost, another four top-10 teams and 11 ranked teams overall went down Saturday. As a result, there are 10 teams in the latest rankings, including four in the top 10 (BC, USF, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 9 Oregon), that were unranked to start the season. Coach Steve Spurrier has led South Carolina to its highest ranking since Dec. 12, 1984, when the Gamecocks were also seventh. An impromptu celebration Tavita Pritchard knew sleep would be difficult so he watched a replay of Stanford’s stunning 24-23 victory over then No. 2 USC. “I can see why my mom gets so nervous,” said the Cardinal redshirt freshman quarterback. “I keep telling her I’m just playing. But even I got clinched up watching that last drive and I knew how it was going to come out.” Pritchard, the nephew of former Washington State quarterback great Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson, made his first career start against the Trojans. The win sparked an impromptu celebration by Stanford students outside Maples Pavilion, who waited for the team to show up at about 12:30 a.m. The crowd, estimated at anywhere between 2,000-5,000 people, rocked the buses as they pulled up. “It was crazy,” said senior receiver Mark Bradford, who caught the game-winning TD with 49 seconds left to play. “I had no idea how much people cared about football here.” The spontaneous celebration itself was as improbable as the upset. “Not even the Final Four (basketball) team got that great of a reception,” said Mike Eubanks, Stanford’s director of football administration. “In terms of impromptu gatherings, that was by far the largest on campus. It was great to see this campus come to life and it shows what a win at this level can do.” Boise State wins rout Taylor Tharp threw a career-high four touchdown passes and Ian Johnson had 158 total yards and a touchdown to help Boise State roll to a 58-0 victory over New Mexico State in Boise, Idaho. All four of Tharp’s TDs came in the first half when the Broncos (4-1, 1-0 WAC) scored on five of their first six drives to take a 35-0 lead. New Mexico State (3-3, 0-1) came into the game with the nation’s seventh-ranked passing attack, averaging 340 yards, but crossed midfield just once through the first three quarters. Backup QB sparks Hawaii Backup quarterback Tyler Graunke replaced an injured Colt Brennan and provided Hawaii the spark it needed. Graunke threw for three touchdowns in the third quarter and ran for another score as No. 16 Hawaii defeated Utah State, 52-37, late Saturday night in Honolulu. The victory gave the Warriors (6-0, 3-0 WAC) a school-record 10 straight conference wins and their best start since the 1981 team opened 7-0. Brennan walked off the field on his own power after taking a hard hit with 52 seconds left in the first half with Hawaii leading, 24-14. The Heisman Trophy hopeful completed a short pass when he was drilled by linebacker Paul Igboeli. Brennan, ranked second in the nation in passing, was 19-of-25 for 219 yards and one touchdown. Graunke completed his first nine passes for 246 yards and finished the night 9-of-11. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!