USC moves into top 5; Michigan still No. 3 – Macomb Daily

BY RALPH D. RUSSO

Southern California made it into the top five in The Associated Press’s college football poll for the first time in five years on Sunday.

Georgia received 62 of the 63 votes for first place in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank as the top four teams maintained their places after playing variously close games on Saturday.

No. 2 Ohio State received the other first vote. Michigan was again No. 3, followed by TCU.

The fifth-place Trojans moved up two spots after a thrilling win over rivals UCLA. The last time USC finished in the top five was September 2017 when it started at No. 4 but spent most of the season in their teens before finishing 12th.

Lincoln Riley’s first season as USC coach produced one of the best turnarounds in the country, with the Trojans going from four wins to 10 and the regular-season finale against No. 13 Notre Dame and a Pac-12 championship game that pending .

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Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) points to a defender during the first half of an NCAA vs. Kentucky college football game in Lexington, Ky. Saturday, November 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Clubb)

“If you had told me at the end of last season that I was here now with this group of guys and could play for a league, I would have called you a dead liar. I’m just being totally honest,” USC fourth-year receiver Kyle Ford told reporters after the UCLA game. “I’m just so grateful for everyone on this team.”

LSU stayed at No. 6. Clemson moved up two spots to No. 7. Alabama stayed in eighth and Tennessee fell four spots to 9th after getting upset over a blowout in South Carolina.

In their 63-38 win, the Gamecocks scored more points against a top-five team as an unranked team than any other in AP Poll history.



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