Monday, September 10, 2012

Is It Time for USC to Panic?

Two victories, two drops in the polls. At this rate, USC can go 13-0 this season and fall out of the top 10.

At least some Trojans fans are going apocalyptic over their team's poll positions after seeing USC drop to No. 3 in the coaches poll despite winning against Syracuse. A week ago, USC fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the AP poll after drubbing Hawaii by 39.

Here's a piece of advice: Don't worry. Winning cures everything.

The Trojans dropped to No. 4 in this week's simulated BCS Standings, behind the two SEC powers that met for the national championship last season - Alabama and LSU - and also Pac-12 rival Oregon.
USC's lackluster computer ratings have more to do with their current position than the eroding support in the polls as Alabama and LSU are 1-2 in most computers whereas USC is as low as 30th in the Colley Matrix.

But all this will change as the season goes on - as long as the Trojans keep winning. There is no chance that a 13-0 USC team would be kept out of the BCS national championship game.

First, a little history lesson. In the 12 years of the BCS, only one non-Big East BCS conference champion with an unbeaten record was kept out of the title game: Auburn in 2004. That year, both USC and Oklahoma went undefeated and met in the Orange Bowl, with the Trojans walloping the Sooners for the national championship (the edit courtesy of the NCAA). Auburn finished No. 2 in both polls after squeaking by Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.


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