Since 1936, USC is 10-2 vs. teams ranked No. 3 in AP Top 25 poll

USC is strangely great vs. Top 3 teams, historically.
Mark J. Rebilas/Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It's a random bit of history, certainly, but looking back USC has had lots of success vs. teams ranked No. 3 overall in the AP Top 25.

USC takes on No. 3 Utah at The Coliseum this weekend; USC last played a team ranked third-overall in 2006, Michigan, and won 32-18. USC hasn't lost to a team ranked No. 3 overall since 1998, when the Bruins defeated the Trojans 34-17. USC's most impressive victory over a team ranked third was vs. Ohio State in 1972 — USC won 42 to 17.

According to, USC is one of just three schools to have a winning record vs. 3rd-ranked teams. 

(h/t Reign Of Troy

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