USC was idle over the weekend, but that did not stop the Trojans from moving into the Associated Press top 10 for the first time in more than two years.
The Trojans on Sunday jumped one spot to No. 10. The last time they were ranked that high was Sept. 30, 2000, when they were No. 8 going into a Pacific 10 Conference game at Oregon State. USC lost to the Beavers, 31-21, and dropped to No. 18 the next week.
This is USC's highest AP ranking this late in a season since 1989.
USC, 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the Pac-10, resumes practice today in preparation for Saturday's conference game at Stanford.
The Trojans had hoped to get some help last week in the Rose Bowl race from Arizona State, but the Sun Devils lost to conference-leading Washington State, 44-22, on Saturday at Pullman, Wash.
Washington State (8-1, 5-0) moved up three spots to No. 5 in the AP poll and took over sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with conference games remaining against Oregon, Washington and UCLA.