USC Football is officially in the top four of the College Football Playoff Top 25 ranking this week. It's the first week that they have made their way up and into the top four, as their highest ranking was last week at No. 6. Both the No. 2 (Ohio State) and No. 5 (LSU) teams lost this week, and USC not only won but won convincingly over a then-No. 15 (now-No. 21) Notre Dame team.
SC has beaten three teams in the top 21 of the rankings this week. That would of course be No. 21 Notre Dame, No. 17 UCLA, and No. 15 Oregon State. The latter two were even on the road, making it even more impressive.
They have a loaded resume with those W's, and their one loss being a one-point loss on the road to the now-No. 11 Utah Utes. And that game was only a loss due to objectively horrific officiating that the PAC-12 even admitted to. Interstingly, SC will have a chance to avenge that loss this week in the PAC-12 Championship when they play Utah again.
If USC wins, they'll definitely get into the College Football Playoff. If they lose, they may have a shot, but the chances get significantly more cloudy. There is no realistic shot that SC would not stay in the top four with a win on Friday. Fight On and win, and SC will be there. And they are favored to win, so SC is in a pretty good spot at the moment.
USC Football deserves to be in the top four.
And the only three teams ranked ahead of USC Football right now are 12-0 teams. Believe it or not, USC could potentially move in front of one or more of them depending on what happens on Championship weekend, but it may not completely matter where in the top four everyone is. Each one of these four teams has so far been no joke this season.
USC certainly has been very impressive. Their offense cannot be stopped. It not only is third in the country with 42.5 points per game, but it is also fifth in the country with 506.6 total yards per game. They're both moving the ball AND punching it in.
And on defense, they're fourth in America in turnovers forced at 27. Forcing turnovers and wreaking havoc on opposing offensive lines (USC is tied for 17th in the nation with 35 sacks) is most definitely a formula for success.
Another formula for success is simply having the best player in the country, which they do with their star QB Caleb Williams. Williams is averaging 9.1 yards per pass attempt, and 10.5 adjusted yards per pass attempt.
He's at 3,712 passing yards on the season. He also has tossed 34 passing touchdowns and only turned the ball over a total of three times on the year. He also has added on 10 rushing touchdowns as well, and tacked on 351 rushing yards on the season. This has been a Playoff-worthy team this year, and will be in it as long as they beat a Utah team that they're expected to beat.