USC Jumps Two Spots in Rankings, Sits at No. 1

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 2, 2008

After a lackluster performance by the Georgia Bulldogs in Week One, and a cupcake dunkfest for Ohio State at the Horseshoe, pollsters felt strongly enough to name USC the top sheriff in town after they dismantled ACC foe Virginia 52-7 on the Cavaliers home turf.

The AP poll was the closest, as USC received 21 first-place votes to the Bulldogs' 20. In the USA Today poll, however, the Trojans had a three vote advantage regarding the top spot.

The Pete Carroll dynasty is well-known, but the 2008 version may bring home the hardware once again. With Mark Sanchez poised to put together a Heisman Trophy-caliber season, not to mention the talented smorgasbord of running backs to pick from, the Trojans might just hang on to the top spot for a long time.

At No. 4 were the Oklahoma Sooners, who suffered a pretty sizable loss to their title hopes. Outside a nightclub on Saturday, two Sooners' athletes, one of which is a football player were stabbed, and are being treated in local hospitals.

Back to the Trojans though. While this ranking doesn't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things as it is just the first week, being No. 1 going into the Coliseum battle with the No. 3 Buckeyes in two weeks has to give the Trojans some sort of mental edge.

Oh, and by the way, they may have scored 52 points, but their defense isn't shabby, either. Led by All-Americans Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing, points will come at a premium against the Trojan "D" this season.

One thing is for sure, Carroll and his players aren't new to seeing their name on the top ledger in college football.