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USC falls to No. 13 in the AP poll after loss to Stanford

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer
Stanford tight end Zach Ertz falls into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown against USC. (US Presswire)

The new AP Top 25 has been released, and Southern California has fallen to No. 13 after its 21-14 loss at Stanford on Saturday night.

LSU replaced USC in the No. 2 spot after defeating Idaho 63-14, with Oregon (3) and Florida State (4) also seeing a one-spot bump from the Trojans' loss. Stanford made the biggest jump, moving from No. 21 to No. 9. Notre Dame moved closer to the top 10, from No. 20 to No. 11 following its convincing 20-3 win over Michigan State in East Lansing. Here's how the Top 15 shook out in the recent balloting:

1) Alabama (58) (3-0)
2) LSU (2) (3-0)
3) Oregon (3-0)
4) Florida State (3-0)
5) Georgia (3-0)
6) Oklahoma (2-0)
7) South Carolina (3-0)
8) West Virginia (2-0)
9) Stanford (3-0)
10) Clemson (3-0)
11) Notre Dame (3-0)
12) Texas (3-0)
13) Southern California (2-1)
14) Florida (3-0)
15) Kansas State (3-0)

Click here for the full Top 25

The newest Coaches' Poll reflected similar adjustments, with Alabama, LSU leading the same top four and Oklahoma at No. 5 instead of No. 6. Southern California fell to No. 12 in that poll, which is the one used for the BCS formula. Notre Dame did not get the boost they got from the AP voters, only moving up to No. 15.

Matt Barkley said he returned to USC for his senior season to take care of some "unfinished business" with his teammates. Whether that was something as simple as a national title or a collection of goals, beating Stanford for the first time was likely part of the quarterback's plan. On Saturday night, Stanford made Barkley's goals far more difficult to attain. The Cardinal knocked off the Trojans in the physical battle that saw Barkley throw zero touchdown passes in a game for the first time since 2010.

The Trojans can still bounce back from this and find themselves in the national title discussion in November. After all, we witnessed an Alabama team bounce back from a conference loss to eventually overtake its SEC West rival, LSU, to win the national championship. USC has even more time than Alabama did to climb back to the top of the polls, but there is no more room for error. USC's title hopes aren't gone, but the Trojans no longer control their own destiny.

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