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USC at #11 in latest CFP rankings

The Trojans are ranked at #11 in the CFP rankings released on Tuesday, while the Colorado Buffaloes sit at #8 and offer the biggest obstacle to the USC hopes of playing in the Rose Bowl.

Colorado and #4 Washington will meet in the Pac-12 title game on Friday, and the outcome of that game will have a huge impact on where the Trojans will play for a bowl game.

If Washington wins, they would not only win the conference title but it’s hard to imagine they would fall from that important #4 ranking, which would mean the Huskies get a spot in a CFP semi-final game. And if that happens, that means the automatic conference berth in the Rose Bowl would be vacated, and the Rose Bowl gets to select the next highest-ranked team based on the CFP rankings.

So that means USC fans will be rooting for the kind of Colorado loss that would drop the Buffaloes below the Trojans in the rankings. That’s no sure thing, even if CU loses badly, but it’s definitely possible and it’s the best hope the Trojans have of being in Pasadena on Jan.2 so it’s what we will wish for.

For what it’s worth, the ESPN.com Bowl projections that were posted on Tuesday night after the release of the latest rankings has both prognosticators putting USC in the Rose Bowl.

If that doesn’t happen, if CU should either win the game against Washington or lose while staying ahead of the Trojans in the rankings, then the Trojans would head to the Alamo Bowl against a Big 12 opponent. There is a chance the Cotton Bowl could be in play, but more than likely it would be Alamo.

The FoxSports.com Bowl projection has USC in San Antonio 

Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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