After starting the season on a three-game win streak, it is safe to say that USC Football is one of the best programs in the country. Hiring head coach Lincoln Riley was easily one of the best decisions made throughout the off-season.
Furthermore, USC's dominance on the field has caught the eye of a former Heisman Trophy winner. NFL star and Pro Bowl QB, Robert Griffin III, recently released his top seven teams in college football. Within these rankings, Griffin listed USC Football as the fifth-best team in the country.
Although the fifth place may be extremely impressive, USC is pushing for a spot in the playoff race. With one of the most well-rounded teams in the nation, and star quarterback Caleb Williams leading the way, USC can compete with just about any team in college football.
If Riley leads his squad to another blowout win against Oregon State, there should be no reason why USC does not move up in the AP Top 25. The seventh seed may be perceived as too low, especially considering how elite USC's coaching has been, along with their phenomenal play on the field.
As the season progresses, USC Football could work its way up to being ranked as a top three team in the nation.
Week by week, USC Football continues to showcase how talented they truly are. In addition to an outstanding passing game, running backs Austin Jones and Travis Dye have taken control on the ground. On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Mekhi Blackmon has been on another level this year. Star defensive lineman, Tuli Tuipulotu, has also played exceptionally well throughout the first three games of his junior season.
Out of all the teams listed in Griffin's top seven, there are only three teams that deserve a spot ahead of USC. Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State have earned the rights as one of the top three programs in all of college football. Each of these teams has the depth, coaching, and firepower required to dominate at the highest level.
However, it should not be long before USC enters the top three conversation. Pairing a high-volume offense with a lock-down defense can only lead to trouble for USC's opponents. Within the coming weeks, Riley is set to go up against several tough match-ups. These challenges will dictate what USC's rank will be by the end of the season.
While he may have ranked USC as the fifth-best team in the country, Griffin did have Williams at the top of his Heisman leaderboard. This is a fair evaluation, as Williams has been extremely efficient when completing his passes. If Williams continues to impress, he will more than likely be selected as the winner of the Heisman Trophy by the end of the season.
As of right now, Griffin's list of top seven teams in the nation is respectable. Granted that USC remains consistent with their performances, these grades are subject to change. Although a long season lies ahead, Trojan fans could not ask for a better start. The best is yet to come as Riley's ultimate goal is to win the national championship.