Posted on September 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM
These are troubling times for Texas and USC. Eight seasons after the Longhorns and Trojans played one of the greatest games in college football history for the national championship in the Rose Bowl, they now appear to be in crisis.
After ugly losses Saturday night, both dropped out of the AP Top 25 on Sunday, yet another indignity for two proud programs searching for answers.
Alabama is still No. 1 after an off week, heading into a much-anticipated rematch with No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Oregon is No. 2. Clemson moved up a spot to No. 3 and Ohio State slipped one to No. 4. Stanford remains No. 5.
The Longhorns (1-1) came into the week No. 15 but were stomped 40-21 by BYU. The Cougars ran for 550 yards, the most ever allowed by Texas. The debacle led Texas coach Mack Brown to reassign defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on Sunday and replace him with former Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.
"Our performance on defense last night was unacceptable, and we need to change that,'' Brown said.
USC (1-1) was No. 25 before a 10-7 loss at home to Washington State. The Trojans look helpless offensively and fans are blaming fourth-year coach Lane Kiffin.
Michigan's 41-30 victory against Notre Dame jumped the Wolverines six spots in the rankings to No. 11.
No. 21 Notre Dame and No. 13 South Carolina both dropped seven spots after losing the week's biggest games. The Gamecocks were beaten 41-30 at Georgia.
"We're struggling on defense," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "It's sort of sad watching."