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26 Sep

And Then There Were Few(er)

Drop one top-10 team from the unbeaten club. Surprising Oregon State took care of that by defeating USC last night. It was the first time in 41 years that they had managed to defeat a #1 team. The last time it happened? It was again USC, back when some guy nicknamed “OJ” was running the ball for the Trojans.

What does this do to the top 10? Clearly USC is going to fall, but how far? And just how bad does Ohio State feel now? USC was by far the most popular pick for number one. They had 62 of 65 first place votes in the AP, and 56 of 61 in the USA Today. That will obviously change.

I didn’t get to watch the game, but from reading various recaps this morning it doesn’t seem that USC was even the dominant team… Oregon State took over the game early and USC didn’t look good the rest of the way. That’s a little different than losing on a last second miracle (like Stanford last year) so I expect USC to drop out of the top five, maybe even as far as 11 or 12. The first one-loss team in the top-25 right now is Ohio State at 14, and clearly USC is not going to (at least for now) drop below them.

We’ll have to see how the rest of the weekend plays out. There are some great games scheduled, including Oklahoma home against ranked TCU, Georgia home against Alabama in a game which will surely show how good one (or both) of those teams really are, and Penn State home against Illinois in a Big Ten match that a lot of people will be watching as well.

USC? They’re not out of it. They clearly have a good team, and there are a lot of games left in the season. But it does make things interesting for the next few weeks.

One Response to “And Then There Were Few(er)”

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    Dave Rathbun Says:

    Just watched some ESPN while at lunch, and there are some more interesting trivia bits. This is the earliest in the year a #1 team has ever lost. It has happened several times before, but USC is the first #1 to lose to an unranked team.

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