It is safe to say that the USC Trojans are a much different team than they were in September. After starting off the year 1-3 including a 17 point loss to Stanford and a 46 point loss to Alabama the Trojans have won 6 straight including wins over 10th ranked Colorado and 6th ranked Washington. The Trojans have played three teams in this week’s top 10 and they have won two of them. USC has played 5 opponents this season that currently find themselves in this week’s playoff rankings.
It has been a remarkable turnaround for USC and the Playoff Committee appears to recognize that. At number 13, USC is the highest ranked 3-loss team and they rank higher than 6 other teams with fewer than 3 losses. USC was ranked 20th last week which means knocking off then 4th ranked Washington was good enough to move them up 7 spots. Washington for their part only dropped to sixth after losing to USC.
One other note, keep an eye out for 1-loss West Virginia who are right behind the Trojans at number 14. While the Committee is clearly not impressed with the Big-12 as a whole, the Mountaineers could move past USC if they beat 9th ranked Oklahoma on Saturday.
Elsewhere around the Pac-12 Colorado moved up 2 spots to number 10. Utah moved up 3 spots to number 12. Washington State moved up 1 spot to number 22. Stanford rejoins the rankings at number 24. You can see the full rankings below.
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