McLaughlin: Examining USC Football’s Path to the Playoff

Spencer takes a look at that possibility and the other postseason paths available for the Pac-12

Posted on November 22, 2022

  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports


The Pac-12 will once again have six teams ranked in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, with all eyes focused on where USC will fall and who is on their path to making the CFP.

If they finish 12-1 with a Pac-12 Championship, they seem almost assured to end up in the top four.

On today’s episode of Locked On Pac-12, I take a look at the postseason paths available for the Pac-12 with just one week left in the regular season.

The five-way tie possibility is out for the Pac-12 Championship game, but what scenarios remain for who could meet USC in Las Vegas on December 2nd?

usc logoUtah is likely to end the season at 9-3 with Colorado upcoming this week, making an NY6 bowl trip unlikely unless they can find their way into the Pac-12 Championship game (and win).

If USC gets into the College Football Playoff, two teams have an excellent shot at an NY6 bowl game if they go into Bowl Season with 10 wins.

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