USC can clinch a spot in the Pac-12 championship game this weekend, which would also go a long way toward the Trojans landing a spot in a major bowl game. So will continuing to move up the College Football Playoff standings, as they did on Tuesday.
The Trojans (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) are No. 11 in the latest rankings, up from 17th a week ago, following their 49-35 win over then-No. 22 Arizona. USC is one of three Pac-12 teams in the standings, along with No. 9 Washington and No. 19 Washington State.
USC can qualify for one of the New Year’s Six bowl games either by being the Pac-12’s champion or being the highest-rated non-champion if another league team—most likely Washington—were selected for the playoffs. The Trojans can also earn an at-large spot to one of those games as long as they finish in the top 12 of the playoff rankings.
The Trojans would wrap up the South Division title with a win Saturday at Colorado (5-5, 2-5).
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