Stanford dropped five spots to No. 10 after losing 20-17 to Southern California, which moved back into the rankings at No. 23.
The Cardinal relinquished control of the Pac-12 North to Oregon, a week after beating the Ducks, but a BCS at-large bid is still a possibility if they don’t win the conference.
As for USC, interim coach Ed Orgeron has orchestrated quite a turnaround since Lane Kiffin was fired, going 5-1. Is Coach O a candidate to get the full-time gig? Highly unlikely. The Denver Broncos confirmed USC athletic director Pat Haden interviewed Broncos defensive coordinator and former Trojan Jack Del Rio about the job. Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin also has been mentioned as a candidate, along with Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.
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The last time Duke was ranked, Notre Dame wasn’t — just like this week.