Looking at the AP Poll this week, the top four programs held their own. However, Notre Dame enters the top ten for the first time this year with a win over the USC Trojans. It’s becoming clear that USC entered the season overrated. Yet, with the name, opponents continue to punish the once heralded program while seeing a benefit in the rankings. Who will be the next university to skyrocket in the PAC-12 with a similar win?
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With the move, the Oklahoma State Cowboys drop outside of the top ten. Facing a few quality opponents could change that over the course of a few weeks. Up next, the Cowboys square off with a ranked West Virginia squad in Morgantown. Then they’ll go toe-to-toe with the Oklahoma Sooners in a state rivalry game.
Also suffering the same fate, the Oklahoma Sooners drop into the gate keeper role of the the top ten. A last minute win provided plenty of drama for OU who started slow this go around and finished with a plethora of second half points. As fans wait for the program to put together a complete game performance, ranked foes await in the wings. The opportunity to rise into playoff contention remains intact.
In total, the Big 12 Conference has five ranked team after Iowa State entered the equation. Behind a few impressive performance, Matt Campbell has the ball rolling in the right direction at Ames. Can the streak continue?