USC Football has officially moved up to No. 7 in the CFP Top 25 rankings this week. They were of course No. 8 last week, and after dominating Colorado by a score of 55-17, they move up one more spot again. The only six teams ahead of them (in order) are Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, TCU, Tennessee, and LSU.
It is unclear why LSU, who has multiple losses this season, is ahead of the Trojans, but No. 7 is overall a surely fine ranking for this squad. It's hard not to rank SC in the top seven. Their offense is third in the country in points per game (42.4), and their defense is 14th in turnovers forced (20) while also eighth in sacks (32).
They also get to add a 'ranked win' to their resume, as Oregon State (who SC beat in Week 4 on the road) was added to the ranking. They came in at No. 23, after getting bounced out of the ranking last week.
They'll have the chance to add another ranked win to their resume this week, when they take on the No. 16 UCLA Bruins. They dropped four spots after hilariously losing at home to Arizona on Saturday, but will still of course be a ranked opponent to potentially strengthen USC's resume.
USC Football's loss also looks better now after the new College Football Playoff rankings have been released.
That's because the Utah Utes, who are the only team to have beaten USC Football this year, have officially entered the top 10 of the rankings this week. It's especially big for the Trojans because Utah won that game by just one point in their own stadium, and they wouldn't have won it without objectively terrible officiating that the PAC-12 even admitted to.
USC is seventh nationally in yards per game (499.4) offensively and also sixth nationally in defensive touchdowns (three). That's the type of formula that yields a top seven ranking, and if USC continues to play that type of football, they'll win on Saturday against the Bruins and likely move up yet again.