USC remains king of the hill and top Pac-10 challenger Arizona State falls 15 spots (and out of the Top 25). Oklahoma leapfrogs Georgia to No. 2 and Ohio State drops eight slots to No. 13. Biggest gainers were South Florida (plus-7 to No. 12) and BYU (plus-4) to No. 14. ACC buddies Clemson and Florida State are back among the ranked, but for how long? Five SEC teams are log-jammed in the top 10 this week.

1. USC TROJANS (2-0). Dominated Ohio State in a 35-3 thrashing, but just how good the Buckeyes are this year remains disputed; last week, they were down 16-14 after three quarters at home to the Bobcats of Ohio. USC takes another week off to prepare for some Beaver bashing in Corvallis, Ore.
2. OKLAHOMA SOONERS (3-0). Bob Stoops’ troops demolished Washington by a score of 55-14 and knocked Jake Locker out of commission. Sooners now take the week off to make sure TCU doesn’t upset them again in Norman, Okla., like they did three years ago.
3. GEORGIA BULLDOGS (3-0). Bulldogs hang on to knock off South Carolina 14-7 as Knowshon Moreno is held to 79 yards on 20 attempts. The big game this week against Arizona State has lost a lot of luster because UNLV upset the Sun Devils and knocked them out of the rankings.
4. FLORIDA GATORS (2-0). Gators laid low at the Swamp getting ready for Tennessee this weekend in key SEC showdown. They wiped out the Vols last year, 59-20.
5. MISSOURI TIGERS (3-0). The Tigers tore Nevada apart, 59-17, in Columbia. Chase Daniel picked up the weekly Davey O’Brien Award honors (23 of 28, 405 yards, four TDs) and set the Missouri passing record in the process. The Tigers will snack on the improved Buffalo Bulls this week.
6. LSU TIGERS (2-0). Toyed with North Texas State, 41-3, last weekend but need to get serious quickly as they hit the road to take on Auburn in their Southeastern Conference opener.
7. TEXAS LONGHORNS (2-0). Hurricane Ike caused the clash with Arkansas to be postponed. The Horns will entertain Rice this weekend in a yawner — they destroyed the Owls, 58-14, last year.
8. WISCONSIN BADGERS (2-0). The Badgers survived horrible WAC officiating at Fresno State late Saturday night, prevailing 13-10. If you didn’t see the game, it wasn’t that close. Bret Bielema’s boys will get a week off before they head to Ann Arbor to open Big Ten action against Michigan.
9. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (3-0). Bama rolled, 41-7, over Western Kentucky and commences SEC action on the road at Arkansas this week.
10. AUBURN TIGERS (3-0). Talk about ugly wins. Auburn outlasted Mississippi State in SEC action at Starksville last weekend in a 3-2 anomaly of a game. Yes, we’re talking about Auburn football, not baseball. The Tigers will put their season on the line this weekend at home when defending national champ LSU comes to town.
11. TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (3-0). Mike Leach’s Tech schooled June Jones’ SMU Mustangs on how the spread offense works in the Lonestar State rolling up 693 yards in offense in a 43-7 wax job. Division 1-AA Massachusetts visits Lubbock this weekend in the Stats Padder Special of the Week.
12. SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS (3-0). The Bulls outlasted a fine Kansas Jayhawks team, 37-34, and were promptly rewarded with the biggest lift in the rankings — up from No. 19. Instate upstart Florida International will try to knock off USF this weekend.
13. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (2-1). The Buckeyes are out of the national championship picture after getting drubbed by USC last weekend; still, they will return to SoCal to play in the Rose Bowl for the first time in a decade if they can run the table in the Big Ten. For the time being, though, Ohio State needs to concentrate on its upcoming opponent, Troy State.
14. BYU COUGARS (3-0). Brigham Young obliterated UCLA, 59-0, handing the Bruins their worst loss since 1929 behind Max Hall’s seven TD tosses. It was also the first time Norm Chow had been shut out in his offensive coordinating career. The Cougars begin Mountain West Conference action when they host the Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday.
15. EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (3-0). ECU survived a scare at Tulane — a 28-24 squeeker that cost the Pirates the services of linebacker Quentin Cotton for the season. This week the Pirate ship sails north to take on ACC bottom feeder North Carolina State.
16. PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS (3-0). JoePa collected career win number 475 with the Nittany Lions’ 55-13 triumph over Syracuse last weekend.
17. OREGON DUCKS (3-0). The Ducks were lucky to slip by Purdue last weekend, barely escaping West Lafayette in overtime, 32-26. The upset-minded Boise State Broncos mosey into Eugene this weekend.
18. WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS (2-0). Took the week off and travel to Tallahassee this Saturday to face No. 24 Florida State in a key ACC contest.
19. KANSAS JAYHAWKS (2-1). Lost in the final seconds of their interconference clash with No. 12 South Florida. That effort earns them the Breather of the Week game versus Sam Houston State.
20. UTAH UTES (3-0). Put a 58-10 whipping on instate rival Utah State and now face a stern MWC test at the Air Force Academy this weekend. That win over UNLV a couple weeks ago is looking pretty impressive for the time being.
21. WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS (1-1). WVU moved up four slots during a bye week, but the Mountaineers lay their membership in the Top 25 on the line this week when they visit Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes. It would be an impressive victory if they can get it.
22. ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI (2-1). Hung on for a slim 20-17 win over Louisiana Lafayette and welcome having this weekend off. The Big Ten title could be on the line next week when the Illini trip to Penn State.
23. CLEMSON TIGERS (2-1). Defeated ACC rival North Carolina State, 27-9, and play a yawner against Division 1-AA South Carolina State this weekend. No style points there.
24. FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (2-0). Like Terry Bowden says, his dad’s team hasn’t played anybody yet; well, actually, they have. Division 1-AA Western Carolina and Tennessee-Chattanooga provided little resistance, losing 69-0 and 46-7, respectively. Seminoles fans are getting the Tomahawk Chop ready for ACC opponent Wake Forest this Saturday.
25. FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (1-1). The Bulldogs lost to Wisconsin at home and are lucky to remain in the Top 25 rankings this week. They’ll take their frustrations out on the Toledo Rockets at the Glass Bowl on Saturday night.