USC holds at No. 6 in latest AP poll

After two blowout wins at home, USC held steady at No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll, the same as its preseason ranking.

LOS ANGELES — Following the first full weekend of college football action, the new AP poll dropped on Tuesday morning. USC held steady at No. 6, the same as the Trojans’ preseason ranking.

The Trojans won their first two matchups of the season handily, defeating San Jose State 56-28 and Nevada 66-14. However, due to the Spartans and Wolfpack not being considered particularly impressive opponents, the victories were not enough to move USC up at all in the rankings.

The Trojans did jump ahead of LSU, who fell from No. 5 down to No. 14 following their 45-24 loss to then-No. 8 Florida State. However, the Seminoles jumped ahead of the Trojans (and several other teams) following the impressive win, moving up to No. 4 in the rankings.

USC also held firm at No. 6 in the latest coaches poll. Ahead of the Trojans in both rankings are No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Ohio State, and No. 5 Florida State.

Elsewhere in the Pac-12, Colorado moved into the AP poll at No. 22 following their 45-42 victory over then-No. 17 TCU. With the addition of the Buffaloes, the Conference of Champions currently has six ranked teams as it embarks on its final season of play: No. 6 USC, No. 8 Washington, No. 12 Utah, No. 13 Oregon, No. 16 Oregon State, and No. 22 Colorado.

USC will face all of those teams except for the Beavers during the 2023 regular season. The Trojans will also visit No. 10 Notre Dame on October 14.

Up next, USC hosts Stanford this Saturday night at the Coliseum. Due to conference realigment and the Pac-12’s impending collapse, Saturday’s 103rd meeting between the two storied rivals will be the final one for the foreseeable future.