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Trojans increase lead in poll

Southern California is now a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 in the AP Top 25, and there’s a new No. 2 as Georgia slipped again.

The Trojans’ resounding 35-3 victory against Ohio State on Saturday night made USC an overwhelming No. 1 in the media poll. USC received 61 first-place votes and 1,596 points on Sunday. The Trojans had 33 first-place votes last week.

Oklahoma moved past Georgia into No. 2. The Bulldogs barely got past South Carolina 14-7 on Saturday and the Sooners notched their third consecutive blowout victory, winning 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 after winning their first three games.

The Bulldogs received two first-place votes this week. No. 4 Florida received the other first-place vote and Missouri moved up a spot to No. 5.

Ohio State dropped eight spots to No. 13.

No. 6 was LSU, followed by Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama and Auburn.

Two Pac-10 teams dropped out of the rankings after losing: California and Arizona State.

Texas Tech is No. 11, followed by South Florida, Ohio State, BYU and East Carolina, which slipped one spot to No. 15 after squeaking past Tulane 28-24 in its first game as a ranked team since 1999.

Penn State was No. 16 and Oregon was 17th, followed by Wake Forest, Kansas and Utah.

The final five were West Virginia, Illinois, Clemson, Florida State and Fresno State, which lost 13-10 to Wisconsin.


Sunday’s results

Packers 48, Lions 25

Giants 41, Rams 13

Colts 18, Vikings 15

Raiders 23, Chiefs 8

Panthers 20, Bears 17

Redskins 29, Saints 24

Titans 24, Bengals 7

Bills 20, Jaguars 16

49ers 33, Seahawks 30

Buccaneers 24, Falcons 9

Patriots 19, Jets 10

Cardinals 31, Dolphins 10

Broncos 39, Chargers 38

Steelers 10, Browns 6

Associated Press NFL Rewind/C4