Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/6/14
USC Head Coach Lane Kiffin’s response was the typical one, and the safe one considering who his Trojans may face for a National Championship.When asked about the Alabama Crimson Tide leapfrogging USC and capturing the top spot in the AP poll, Kiffin praised the SEC behemoth’s performance against a good Michigan Wolverines squad and summed up his opinion of the poll and standings with this gem: “Whatever.”No to put words in Coach Kiffin’s mouth, but what he’s likely trying to convey is that at this point in the season, the poll is next to utterly meaningless.All the Trojans can do to prove their mettle is to win, convincingly.  USC did that on Saturday, steamrolling the University of Hawaii Warriors in a 49-10 trouncing.That appeared to matter little to poll voters who clearly watched Alabama make their own statement in an impressive 41-14 win over then-ranked No. 8 Michigan. The Crimson Tide managed to make Wolverines’ quarterback and Heisman hopeful Denard Robinson look like a pike...
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