No. 6 USC may need help to reach College Football Playoff

USC might need some help getting into the college football playoffs after all.

Despite the Trojans’ National Statement win over rivals UCLA in the Rose Bowl Saturday night, the CFP committee kept them behind two-loss Louisiana state in Tuesday’s top-25 rankings.

LSU, 9-2, is No. 5 while USC, 10-1, is No. 6.

If the Tigers win, a scenario that includes a win over No. 1 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 3, it appears they will prefer USC even if it beats No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 9 Oregon in the next two weeks.

Simply put, a win over the defending champion Bulldogs would be a huge trump card for LSU. USC needs to go about its business and hope Georgia takes care of the Tigers — otherwise, the Trojans need No. 3 Texas Christian to lose one of their last two to make the CFP.

CFP Committee Chairman Boo Corrigan, the North Carolina state athletic director, spoke to ESPN about the decision to rank LSU ahead of USC.

“That’s definitely been a dominant conversation for the past few days,” Corrigan said. “It’s been 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] Victories over Alabama and Mississippi ended the day [USC’s] wins over UCLA and Oregon State. As you said, victory [over UCLA] was 48-45. Some of the committee members would like to see a little bit more of their defense, as well as the overall strength of the schedule for LSU really drove the day.”

The Tigers would become the first two-loss team to make the playoffs. Certainly they will be big underdogs against Georgia.

Despite this committee curveball, the path for the Trojans is still very clear. If they are able to land two more big wins, they will very likely get their first invite to the CFP.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/usc/story/2022-11-22/lsu-usc-georgia-ohio-state-tcu-michigan-college-football-playoff-rankings No. 6 USC may need help to reach College Football Playoff

Emma Bowman

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