After starting the season at No. 19 and steadily climbing up to No. 15 after the bye week, Arizona State fell out of the AP Poll after losing in blowout fashion to UCLA Thursday. The maroon and gold also dropped to No. 24 from No. 12 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
The Sun Devils fell victim to a 62-27 drubbing by the Bruins after four Arizona State turnovers, including one by Ishmael Adams to put the Bruins up 27-17 just before halftime. Five plays of 80 yards or more also didn't help the Sun Devils' cause. After winning the game, UCLA moved up to No. 8.
Oregon stayed put at No. 2 with a bye week, but they barely escaped Washington State last week. Future opponent Notre Dame beat Syracuse 31-15 at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey but dropped one spot No. 9. Stanford let Washington stick around into the fourth quarter at Husky Stadium. A 5-yard touchdown run by Kevin Hogan saved the day for the Cardinal who are up two spots to No. 14.
USC successfully picked up the pieces against Oregon State, beating the Beavers 35-10 at the Coliseum with an impressive day from Cody Kessler, who completed 24 of 32 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns. His effort, along with a strikingly poor effort from Sean Mannion, propelled the Trojans to a No. 16 ranking. The Sun Devils travel to Los Angeles next Saturday to play USC.