NC OR BUST!!!! Not so fast…

Since Stanford lost to Washington yesterday a lot of people have been asking me what it’s going to take for USC to get back into the national championship picture. Prior to Stanford’s loss the best situation was for USC and Stanford to go undefeated the rest of the season and then for USC to win a rematch with Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game. A rematch is now unlikely and in fact is no longer the best outcome for USC.

So what does USC need to happen? First and foremost USC needs to run the table. If we lose a second game our national championship hopes are out the window. Now, we can still win the Pac-12 South, win the Pac-12 conference and get a Rose Bowl bid with multiple losses. But to have any hopes of being a national championship contender we can’t lose another game.

As long as there is no more than one undefeated team at the end of the season we can get back into the NC discussion but there are a lot of things that can help.

The biggest boost we can get is from Oregon being undefeated and highly ranked when we play them. And then of course beating them. The other thing that can really help us is for Notre Dame to be undefeated and highly ranked when we beat them. So if you’re going to scoreboard watch those are the two teams you secretly want to root for.

But the most important thing, and I can’t stress this enough, is we just need to take care of our own business. And we need to get the attention of the poll voters so style points, sizzling stats and blow out scores will help the cause. That’s unfortunately the way it is when you’re trying to come back from behind – it’s a beauty contest.

I’m going to close this with an important message. We all tend to get wrapped up in the hype created by the media. And I’m not innocent; I’ve done plenty of hyping on this team. But we’re USC fans because we love USC not because we love national championships. Because we love beating UCLA and Notre Dame to a pulp every chance we get. Because we love the Trojan Family, tailgating, celebrating and commiserating together. Hopefully you don’t love USC any less because they lose a game or because they’re not national championship contenders. That’s what other schools’ fans do. We are SC. Not ND.

#BE7IEVE.

Fight On!

 

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