The AP poll really needs to start taking strength of schedule into consideration more
The USC Trojans came into this season with very high expectations, and that’s saying a lot considering their a historic program whose fans expect nothing short of a Pac-12 title and a top-10 postseason finish every year.
Despite that, the Trojans almost lost to Oregon State, the same Oregon State that could barely handle Fresno State on the road and promptly got stomped by Utah 42-16 a week after almost beating USC.
They were losing in that Oregon State game all the way up until the fourth quarter.
Now, it’s not fair to judge USC off of just one game.
It’s been a trend all season, AP voters’ hubris is blinding them from who the best teams actually are.
USC has played one school, Washington State, that has received AP votes.
Up until a few weeks ago, Pitt was still ranked above Kansas despite having a worse record against worse opponents.
If this is the case, we have wonderful, wonderful news.
Perhaps Utah transfer Carson Tabaracci could help the Trojans expose Utah’s offense, but I’d be willing to bet his knowledge of Utah’s system won’t be much help.