Updated Pac-12 Standings: Where USC football falls after Week 4

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USC football won their Week 4 contest against Oregon State to move up to 4-0 on the season. They are ranked as the No. 6 team in the nation. Two of their four games have been against Pac-12 teams, despite not having played their Pac-12 home opener just yet.

They are currently the first-place team in the Pac-12, as they are one of two Pac-12 teams to have played two conference games so far, and they are the only one that has won both. In fact, the only other team that's played two Pac-12 games (Stanford), has lost both of them. One of those was of course to USC in Week 2. So, Stanford sits at dead last.

Tied for second are five teams at 1-0 in the conference. They would be Utah, Oregon, Washington, UCLA, and Cal. Tied for seventh are the five teams who have played one conference game and lost it: Oregon State, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, and Colorado.

USC football is in the middle of an eight-game stretch against all Pac-12 teams.

The next time USC football will play a non-Pac-12 team will be in the last game of the season. That's of course the Notre Dame game. The Trojans' top Pac-12 competition of the remaining teams undefeated in-conference would be Utah, Oregon, and Washington. All three teams are ranked in the top 15, but interestingly, USC will only end up playing one of them for sure.

That would be No. 12 Utah. USC does not play either Oregon or Washington this year, unless they meet in the Pac-12 Championship. In order to play in the Pac-12 Championship, SC will of course need to have one of the top two conference records in the Pac.

USC is already past two prime spots for an upset in Stanford and Oregon State, but will be playing in a Pac-12 game they very well may not be favored in during Week 7. That would be the Utah game, where SC will travel to Salt Lake for what will likely be the toughest game of the year for the Trojans.

If they can take care of business against Kyle Whittingham's squad, though, they will likely be in quite the driver's seat to make the Pac-12 Title Game come December. Luckily, though, they could lose that game and still end up making the Conference Title Game potentially. The rest of their schedule is currently unranked, and nobody is looking too particularly daunting right now.

For now, however, USC will look to come back home and give their fans a thrilling Pac-12 home opener against Arizona State. ASU recently fired Head Coach Herm Edwards, and is going with an inexperienced Shaun Aguano as the interim.

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Utah just beat them by 21 points. Perhaps USC can make a statement by beating the Sun Devils by even more. That would be a quietly important statement for Lincoln Riley and co. to make.