Michigan moved up to No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, with TCU at No. 3 and Southern California at No. 4 behind top-ranked Georgia after four top-10 teams lost on the final day of regular-season games.
Welcome to Jim Harbaugh's previous life, Ryan Day.
This is the way things go at the top of college football's food chain. If you can't win the most important game on your schedule, there will be questions about whether you are the right man for the job.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Caleb Williams perfectly faked a handoff and sprinted up the middle for the first of his three rushing touchdowns against Notre Dame, he went to the Southern California sideline and extended a stiff-arm with his body coiled in a familiar way.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame's defense has passed three tests against the nation's top quarterbacks.
A fourth looms Saturday when the 13th-ranked Fighting Irish visit No.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 9 CFP) at No. 22 Oregon State (8-3, 5-3, No. 21 CFP), Saturday.
No. 13 Notre Dame (8-3, No. 15 CFP) at No. 5 Southern California (10-1, No. 6 CFP), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: USC by 5 1/2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 5 Southern California's swift transformation from a program in disarray to a revitalized powerhouse in its first season under Lincoln Riley has been one of the most impressive developments of the college football season.
LSU moved up to fifth and Southern California was sixth Tuesday night in the College Football Playoff rankings behind Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.
The top four remained the same for the third straight week, but the chasing teams changed order after Tennessee lost to South Carolina last Saturday night.
Conference title and playoff hopes are just part of what's on the line during college football's rivalry weekend.
There's the Golden Egg in Mississippi. The Territorial Cup in Arizona. The Old Oaken Bucket in Indiana.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys asked a jury Monday to award $55 million to the widow of a former USC football player in a landmark case accusing the NCAA of failing to protect him from repetitive head trauma that led to his death.
Southern California moved into the top five of The Associated Press college football poll Sunday for the first time in five years.
College Football Playoff contenders lived on the edge in Week 12, with the top four teams all teetering to varying degrees and at various points. Then No. 5 Tennessee went down with a thud.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Caleb Williams bolstered Southern California's push for a possible spot in the College Football Playoff with the biggest game of his career against the Trojans' archrival.
He also might have to book a trip to New York next month as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Defense has been in short supply the last three times Southern California and UCLA have met in the Crosstown Showdown, and it's expected to be the case again Saturday during a much-anticipated matchup between the Los Angeles schools.
No. 7 Southern California (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) at No. 16 UCLA (8-2, 5-2, No. 16 CFP), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: USC by 2 1/2.
The Pac-12's big weekend turned out to be not quite as big as it could have been after some upsets last week.
Still, the conference's marquee matchups are the highlights of this weekend's schedule, with four top-16 teams that could determine who plays in the league championship game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many fans and other observers thought Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s performance against Southern California last year was an emphatic final chapter to his UCLA career.
Southern California and UCLA’s pending moves to the Big Ten could give the league’s existing members the opportunity to expand their recruiting maps and pursue more West Coast prospects.
It will take some time for these moves to have that kind of impact.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everybody on Southern California's sideline poured onto the Coliseum field to surround the cart transporting running back Travis Dye, whose collegiate career had just ended with one awkward tackle.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California running back Travis Dye has been taken from the Coliseum field on a cart after injuring his left leg during the No. 8 Trojans' game against Colorado on Friday night.
Colorado (1-8, 1-5 Pac-12) at No. 8 Southern California (8-1, 6-1; No. 8 CFP), Friday, 9:30 p.m. EST (FS1)
Line: USC by 34 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Lincoln Riley added a wealth of veteran talent to Southern California's roster in the offseason through the transfer portal, that bounty included two key former Colorado players whose departures probably accelerated the Buffaloes' downfall and definitely boosted the Trojans' rise.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 1 Georgia shut down No. 2 Tennessee’s high-powered offense, dominating the Volunteers 27-13 on Saturday in an SEC showdown of the nation’s top-ranked teams.
California (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) at No. 9 Southern California (7-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: USC by 21 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a coach who took three Oklahoma teams to the College Football Playoff, Lincoln Riley sure doesn't profess much interest in the rankings that are telling the college football world he's got a shot to get No.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
Kenny Pickett's storybook finish at Pittsburgh last fall included a little bit of everything. A trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — J.T. Tuimoloau had a strip sack to set up No. 2 Ohio State for a touchdown and then had a pick-6 for the Buckeyes, who scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to erase a deficit and beat No.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Caleb Williams was without two of his top targets and it did nothing to slow him down. Same for the rest of Southern California's talented offense.
Williams threw for a career-high 411 yards and five touchdowns, and No.
The NCAA has been defending itself in court against a lawsuit brought by a former college football player's widow, who accuses the governing body of being responsible for the concussions that led to her husband's death.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Southern California's bye could not have come at a better time.
The time off not only gave the 10th-ranked Trojans an opportunity to get healthy, it allowed them a chance to reflect and refocus after an emotional 43-42 loss to No.
No. 10 Southern California (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) at Arizona (3-4, 1-3), Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Line: USC by 15 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Star quarterback Cam Rising is hoping what happened two weeks ago was the beginning of a charge toward another conference title for No. 14 Utah.
Getting there for the Utes means solving a tricky test Thursday night when taking on Washington State in what would appear to be a matchup of teams going in opposite directions.
No. 14 Utah (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) at Washington State (4-3, 1-3), Thursday, 10 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: Utah by 7, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles jury heard opening statements Friday in the case of a widow of a former University of Southern California football player suing the NCAA for failing to protect her husband from repetitive head trauma.
LOS ANGELES (AP) —
A lawsuit alleging the NCAA failed to protect a former University of Southern California football player from repetitive head trauma is nearing trial in a Los Angeles court, with a jury seated Thursday in what could become a landmark case.
Utah's win over Southern California has muddled the Pac-12's hopes of getting to the College Football Playoff for the first time in six seasons.
Alabama loses so infrequently it seems to shift the shape of the season when it happens.
The Crimson Tide took an L on Saturday at Tennessee that pushed the Volunteers to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Time was dwindling but the decision had already been made as Cameron Rising drove Utah down the field against previously unbeaten Southern California.
“We were going to keep the ball in Cam’s hands,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chase McGrath made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 6 Tennessee a 52-49 victory over No. 3 Alabama on Saturday.
As soon as the kick knuckle-balled through the uprights, some of the more than 100,000 fans stormed the field to celebrate the Volunteers (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) ending a 15-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1).
Caleb Williams found a critic that's hard to please — himself.
Evaluating his performance six games into his Southern California career, the quarterback felt that he’s played "all right.”
His version of “all right” has the seventh-ranked Trojans (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) off to their best start since 2006.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ralen Goforth is a standout linebacker at Southern California. His older brother, Randall, was a star cornerback at UCLA.
With both of Los Angeles' college football teams unbeaten midway through a season for the first time in a generation, the Goforth family group chat is an exciting place to be this fall.
No. 7 Southern California (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) at No. 20 Utah (4-2, 2-1), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Fox)
Line: Utah by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 7 Southern California at No. 20 Utah. The Trojans (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) have thrived in their first season under Lincoln Riley, who is the first USC coach to open 6-0 in his first season since Jess Hill in 1951.
The Pac-12 has experienced a bit of a resurgence so far this football season with two undefeated teams and four teams in the AP Top 25.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caleb Williams and the Southern California offense usually carried the Trojans to victory in their first five weeks under Lincoln Riley.
Against high-scoring Washington State, the Trojans' defense showed it can step forward to meet the same standard that's kept USC unbeaten halfway through the regular season.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The party is over for Brent Venables.
Oklahoma’s new football coach was welcomed at the Norman airport like a conquering hero when he arrived to replace USC-bound Lincoln Riley in December.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although No. 6 Southern California made wholesale changes to most aspects of its football program during the offseason, the defense's transformation into a turnover-creating machine is what really catches Jake Dickert's eye.
Washington State (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at No. 6 Southern California (5-0, 3-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
Line: USC by 12 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.