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College Football poll: USC moves up to No. 2

Associated Press

Southern California is the new No. 2.

Pete Carroll’s Trojans advanced one spot to overtake Michigan in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, a day after their 44-24 victory over Notre Dame. USC, the sixth team to be ranked No. 2 this season behind No. 1 Ohio State, leads the Wolverines by 36 points in the poll.

Michigan, which completed its season with a 42-39 loss to Ohio State on Nov. 18, fell to No. 3. The Wolverines (11-1) are 63 points ahead of No. 4 Florida (11-1).

Ohio State (12-0) was a unanimous No. 1 for the second consecutive week and third time this year.

While the Buckeyes have been top-ranked since the preseason, No. 2 has changed frequently. Notre Dame, Texas, Auburn and Florida have also held the second spot. Michigan’s six-week run there was the longest of any team this season.

The rest of the Top 25 took a major reshuffling after a week with several upsets.

LSU moved up four spot to No. 5. No. 6 Louisville moved up two spots and No. 7 Wisconsin jumped three places.

Oklahoma is tied with the Razorbacks after moving up five spots.

Boise State (12-0), which beat Nevada 38-7 to complete an unbeaten regular season, cracked the top 10 for the second time in school history.

Auburn is No. 11, followed by Notre Dame, which dropped six spots after losing to USC.

The ACC is represented by three teams. Virginia Tech is 14th, Wake Forest 16th and Boston College 25th. Maryland also received votes.


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