Southern California tops USA Today poll

Sep 16, 2007 - 4:06 PM MCLEAN, Virginia (Ticker) -- Southern California tightened its hold in the latest USA Today coaches' poll that was released Sunday.

After an impressive 49-31 win at then-No. 14 Nebraska on Saturday night, USC (2-0) remained atop the rankings with 44 first-place votes and 1,478 points overall.

Louisiana State (3-0) still is second following a 44-0 thrashing of Middle Tennessee. The Tigers garnered eight first-place votes and 1,438 points.

Defending national champion Florida (3-0), which rolled to a 59-20 win over then-No. 24 Tennessee, is third with seven first-place votes and 1,368 points.

Oklahoma (3-0) gained the other first-place vote, moving from fourth to fifth in the rankings. West Virginia (3-0) dropped a spot to fifth.

At No. 6 is Texas (3-0), which is followed by Wisconsin (3-0), California (3-0), Ohio State (3-0) and Penn State (3-0).

Up two spots to 11th is Rutgers (3-0) followed by Boston College (3-0), which jumped seven spots to No. 12. Oregon (3-0) made an even bigger move, jumping eight spots to No. 13.

There is a tie at No. 14 between South Carolina (3-0) and Clemson (3-0).

Texas A&M (3-0) comes in at No. 16, followed by Virginia Tech (2-1), Hawaii (3-0), Louisville (2-0) and poll newcomer Alabama (3-0).

Georgia (2-1) is 21st, followed by Nebraska (2-1), Kentucky (3-0), South Florida (2-0) and Missouri (3-0). The final three teams all are new to the poll.

UCLA (2-1), which was 11th last week, dropped out following a 44-6 loss at Utah. Also dropping out were Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Tennessee.

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