USC might have some assist to make the College Football Playoff in any case.
Regardless of the Trojans’ nationwide assertion victory Saturday night time over rival UCLA within the Rose Bowl, the CFP committee stored them behind two-loss Louisiana State in Tuesday’s prime 25 rankings.
LSU, 9-2, is No. 5, whereas USC, 10-1, is No. 6.
If the Tigers win out, a state of affairs which features a win over No. 1 Georgia within the Southeastern Convention championship recreation in Atlanta Dec. 3, it certain looks as if they’d get desire over USC, even when it beats No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 9 Oregon the following two weeks.
Merely put, a victory over the defending champion Bulldogs can be a significant trump card for LSU. USC must deal with its enterprise and hope that Georgia takes care of the Tigers — in any other case, the Trojans will want No. 3 Texas Christian to lose one in every of its final two to make the CFP.
CFP committee chair Boo Corrigan, the athletic director at North Carolina State, spoke with ESPN concerning the determination to rank LSU forward of USC.
“Clearly that was a dominant conversation for the last couple days,” Corrigan stated. “It was over and over and over again to make sure we’re looking at this the right way. There were reasons for USC to be at five, there are reasons for LSU to be at five. [LSU’s] wins over Alabama and Mississippi carried the day over [USC’s] wins over UCLA and Oregon State. As you alluded to, the win [over UCLA] was 48-45. Some of the members of the committee want to see a little bit more from their defense, as well as the overall strength of schedule for LSU really drove the day.”
The Tigers can be the primary two-loss crew to make the playoff. Actually, they are going to be main underdogs towards Georgia.
Regardless of this curveball from the committee, the trail remains to be very clear for the Trojans. In the event that they’re capable of pull out two extra huge wins, they’re very more likely to obtain their first invite to the CFP.