College Football Playoff rankings: USC, Oregon rise as Pac-12 title game looms
The Pac-12 has six teams inside the latest set of College Football Playoff rankings, released live on ESPN Tuesday evening.
USC moved up one spot to No. 6, but it stayed behind two-loss LSU. The Bruins fell down two spots to No. 18. Oregon climbed three spots to No. 9 after taking down Utah 20-17 at home. Those two are the Pac-12’s best hope of making it back to the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016.
The belief is that Oregon has been eliminated from contention — no two-loss team has made the field — but the committee continues to rank two-loss LSU inside the top six. Should chaos unfold ahead of the Ducks, there are ranked games against Oregon State in Corvallis this weekend and then, with a win, against USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 2.
But the Trojans (10-1, 8-1 Pac-12) are charging toward the field. They’ve won four straight since a one-point road loss to Utah on Oct. 15. Quarterback Caleb Williams is a favorite to make the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City as a finalist.
Other teams from the Pac-12 in the rankings this week include: No. 13 Washington (up four spots), No. 14 Utah (down four spots), and No. 23 Oregon State (up two spots).
The full CFP Top 25 for Week 13 can be seen below:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Kansas State
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- North Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Oregon State