The USC Trojans may have finished the regular season with a loss, but they still head into bowl season ranked #25 in the final BCS standings.
USC was ranked 23rd in standings prior to the 35-14 loss to UCLA, then dropped out for a week. However, losses by teams ranked near the end of the poll like Texas opened the door for the Trojans to return despite a 9-4 record.
The Trojans remained unranked in the AP poll, though they sit with the greatest number of votes outside the top 25.
The USA Today coaches poll has USC ranked even lower at 28.
So how did the Trojans end up ranked in the BCS? To put it simply, the computers love USC.
With an average computer ranking of 21 in the computers, USC made up ground on Notre Dame, another team on the fringes of the polls.
USC’s other rival, UCLA moved up to #17 in the BCS as well as the AP. They are ranked #18 in the Coaches Poll.
The Trojan’s opponent in the Vegas Bowl on December 21st, the Fresno State Bulldogs, moved up to #20 in the latest BCS rankings. That spot is the same in the Coaches poll. They also moved up in the AP where they now stand at #21.