The USC Trojans blew out cross-country rival Notre Dame 49-14 and jumped right back in the College Football Playoff section committee's top 25 rankings after a one-week departure. The Trojans re-entered the rankings at No. 25 to end the regular season.
With the Trojans back in the mix, six Pac-12 teams are ranked in the sixth and final regular season iteration of the College Football Playoff top 25. The final selection committee rankings will be announced on Sunday.
Oregon stayed in the No. 2 slot behind Alabama and remain the top team in the conference after beating rival Oregon State. The Ducks remained behind Alabama. Behind them, the landscape changed once again. Previous No. 4 Mississippi State fell to No. 10, which is still a bit of a surprise. How the Bulldogs remain in the top 10 despite having only one top 25 win (Auburn) is a bit of a head scratcher.
After destroying Texas on Thanksgiving Day, TCU jumped up to No. 3 while the nation's only undefeated team, Florida State fell to No. 4. All that really matters is staying in the top four, but it has to be disconcerting to the Seminoles to continue to slide despite continuing to win every game. Ohio State and Baylor each moved up one spot to No. 5 and No. 6 and likely need a loss above them to get in.
Sitting behind the Buckeyes and Bears is the first two-loss squad -- the Arizona Wildcats. For the second straight week, the Wildcats gained four spots. Rich Rodriguez's team will try to Bear Down this weekend in the Pac-12 Championship against Oregon. If Arizona can knock off the Ducks for the third straight time, the Wildcats will have an outside shot to get in, but will need some help.
Arizona State and UCLA blew their chances to have a shot after losing on the final weekend of the Pac-12 regular season. The Bruins had the biggest drop in the nation, dropping seven spots to No. 15 after being dominated by Stanford. ASU slid four places to No. 17 with the Territorial Cup loss to Arizona. The Utah Utes gained two spots, moving up to No. 23 after their narrow victory over Colorado.
Here's the full Top 25 heading into conference championship weekend with the current postseason picture and the final opponents remaining:
|Rank||Team||Last week||Week 14 result||Final opponent||If the season ended today ...|
|1||Alabama (11-1)||1||Won 55-44 vs. No. 15 Auburn||Missouri||Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State|
|2||Oregon (11-1)||2||Won 47-19 at Oregon State||Arizona||Rose Bowl vs. TCU|
|3||TCU (10-1)||5||Won 48-10 at Texas||Iowa State||Rose Bowl vs. Oregon|
|4||Florida State (12-0)||3||Won 24-19 vs. Florida||Georgia Tech||Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama|
|5||Ohio State (11-1)||6||Won 42-28 vs. Michigan||Wisconsin||New Year's bowl|
|6||Baylor (10-1)||7||Won 48-46 vs. Texas Tech||Kansas State||New Year's bowl|
|7||Arizona (10-2)||11||Won 42-35 vs. No. 13 Arizona State||Oregon||New Year's bowl|
|8||Michigan State (10-2)||10||Won 34-10 at Penn State||None||Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech*|
|9||Kansas State (9-2)||12||Won 51-13 vs. Kansas||Baylor||New Year's bowl|
|10||Mississippi State (10-2)||4||Lost 31-17 at No. 19 Ole Miss||None||New Year's bowl|
|11||Georgia Tech (10-2)||16||Won 30-24 (OT) at No. 9 Georgia||Florida State||Orange Bowl vs. Michigan State|
|12||Ole Miss (9-3)||19||Won 31-17 vs. No. 4 Mississippi State||None|
|13||Wisconsin (10-2)||14||Won 34-24 vs. No. 18 Minnesota||Ohio State|
|14||Georgia (9-3)||9||Lost 30-24 (OT) vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech||None|
|15||UCLA (9-3)||8||Lost 31-10 vs. Stanford||None|
|16||Missouri (10-2)||17||Won 21-14 vs. Arkansas||Alabama|
|17||Arizona State (10-2)||13||Lost 42-35 at No. 11 Arizona||None|
|18||Clemson (9-3)||21||Won 35-17 vs. South Carolina||None|
|19||Auburn (8-4)||15||Lost 55-44 at No. 1 Alabama||None|
|20||Oklahoma (8-3)||20||Idle||Oklahoma State|
|21||Louisville (9-3)||22||Won 44-40 vs. Kentucky||None|
|22||Boise State (10-2)||23||Won 50-19 vs. Utah State||Fresno State||New Year's bowl|
|23||Utah (8-4)||25||Won 38-34 vs. Colorado||None|
|24||LSU (8-4)||NR||Won 23-17 at Texas A&M||None|
|25||USC (8-4)||NR||Won 49-14 vs. Notre Dame||None|