After skyrocketing up the College Football Playoff rankings, the USC Trojans appear to have hit a bit of a wall and will in all likelihood need some upsets to continue moving up the rankings. With Utah’s shocking yet fortuitous loss to Oregon USC took the Utes spot at number 12 in this week’s college football playoff rankings.
Just ahead of the Trojans at 11 is the Louisville Cardinals fresh off a thumping at the hands of the Houston Cougars. The Cardinals have two losses but a relatively weak schedule, propping Louisville up is a blowout of #14 Florida State and a narrow defeat at #4 Clemson.
Washington moved up 1 spot to number 5. Both Michigan and Ohio State both have one loss and both are ahead of the Huskies. The Buckeyes and Wolverines play on Saturday morning meaning one will pick up a second loss opening up another spot in the top 4. If, and this is certainly a big if, but if the Huskies beat the Washington State Cougars on Friday and win the Pac-12 Championship game against either #9 Colorado or #12 USC then they should be in the Playoffs. Washington has been leapfrogged by a team with more losses already this season, but it is hard to see #6 Wisconsin or #7 Penn State both with two losses leaping over a 1-loss Pac-12 Champion that (in this scenario) just defeated two ranked teams.
Elsewhere around the Pac-12 Colorado is 9th and still has a slim possibility at making the playoffs. Utah’s loss to Oregon dropped the Utes 10 spots from 12th to 22nd. Right behind them at 23 is the Washington State Cougars who only dropped 1 spot after losing to Colorado and Stanford held firm at 24th.
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