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USC's rout of Ohio State solidifies No. 1 ranking

NEW YORK — Southern California is a no-question-about-it No. 1 in the AP Top 25 released Sunday, and there's a new No. 2 as Georgia slipped again.

The Trojans' 35-3 rout of Ohio State on Saturday night made USC an overwhelming No. 1 in the media poll, with 61 first-place votes and 1,596 points. USC had 33 first-place votes last week.

"This is really the outcome we thought could happen," USC coach Pete Carroll said of the win that dropped Ohio State eight spots to No. 13. "Next game (the Pac-10 opener at Oregon State on Sept. 25) is just as big with us."

The Buckeyes have lost high-profile games to Florida, LSU and USC by a total of 73 points over the past three seasons.

"I think the Big Ten plays good football," Ohio State receiver Brian Hartline said. "I don't know what the difference is when we play teams from outside. But obviously there's something."

Oklahoma surpassed Georgia for No. 2. The Bulldogs just got past South Carolina 14-7 and the Sooners notched a third consecutive blowout, 55-14 at Washington.

Georgia is the first preseason No. 1 to drop that far after starting 3-0 since Oklahoma in 1985. The Sooners also fell to No. 3.

"I'm really not worried about it," Georgia coach Mark Richt said

Georgia received two first-place votes. No. 4 Florida received the other first-place vote.

AUBURN: Tailback Brad Lester appears to be okay after landing on his head and shoulder Saturday, though his status this week against LSU is unclear.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Charlie Weis will delay surgery for at least a month on the left knee that was injured when a player fell into him and may forgo surgery altogether. Sunday, he had a knee brace and walked with a cane. He plans to be on the sideline Saturday at Michigan State.

Late Saturday

unlv 23, ariz. st. 20, ot: Malo Taumua blocked a 35-yard field goal to give the visiting Rebels an upset. Kyle Watson had given UNLV the lead with a 20-yarder. Rebels coach Mike Sanford cried on the field afterward. Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson said "it's sickening'' that Arizona State missed a chance to stay in national title contention, facing Georgia this week. UNLV capped a four-game sweep of the Pac-10 by the Mountain West Conference. TCU beat Stanford 31-14, New Mexico beat Arizona 36-28 and Brigham Young's 59-0 rout of UCLA was the Bruins' worst loss since 1929 (76-0 to USC).

Wisconsin 13, FRESNO ST. 10: P.J. Hill ran for 112 yards and the Badgers made key stops in the second half, overcoming three missed field goals by freshman Kevin Goessling. After Ohio State's loss, Wisconsin heads into the Big Ten season with the best hope of any conference team to reach the BCS title game. The Badgers' toughest conference games are at home, vs. Ohio State, Illinois and Penn State. Fresno State, losing its biggest home game ever, fell to No. 25 and dropped out of the BCS mix.

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Florida: at Tennessee, 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 10

USF: at Florida International, 5 Saturday, ESPNU

FSU: vs. Wake Forest, 7 Saturday, ESPN2

Miami: at Texas A&M, 3:30 Saturday, Ch. 28

USC's rout of Ohio State solidifies No. 1 ranking 09/14/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:02pm]
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