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USC enters College Football Playoff rankings

Trojans make earliest appearance in College Football Playoff rankings, earning No. 20 spot in second rankings of season.

After failing to be ranked in either the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches polls, someone finally recognized how well the USC Trojans are now playing, having won five consecutive games since a 1-3 start. The College Football Playoff committee pushed the Trojans up to No. 20 in their top 25 rankings after having USC unranked in last week's initial listing of the top teams.

The ranking is the first for the Trojans since the preseason poll when they were No. 20 in the AP Poll and No. 17 in the Coaches Poll. Currently in those two plays, USC is the first team outside of the top 25.

Like the last time the Trojans were ranked, they next face a top five opponent with a trip to Seattle this weekend to take on No. 4 Washington, who moved into one of the playoff spots this week after a loss by No. 4 Texas A&M.

This marks the earliest appearance of the Trojans in the CFP rankings. The Trojans previously were ranked in three of the final four weeks in the initial year of the College Footbll Playoff of 2014 and were listed in the final two rankings last year. USC has never been ranked higher than No. 19 in the CFP rankings.

The Pac-12 is one of three conferences with five teams in the College Football Playoff rankings. Along with USC and Washington, Pac-12 South leaders Colorado and Utah come in at No. 12 and No. 15, respectively while Pac-12 North contender Washington State moved up two spots to No. 23.

Alabama, who beat USC handily in the season opener to send the Trojans tumbling from the top 25 rankings, remained No. 1 after beating former USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers last week. Clemson and Michigan remained in the playoff picture at No. 2 and No. 3 while Texas A&M slid to No. 8. Other than USC's big jump into the top 25, Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech had the biggest gains in the rankings moving up five slots each to No. 13 and No. 14, respectively.

College Football Playoff Rankings

Rank Conference Last week
1 Alabama (9-0) SEC 1
2 Clemson (9-0) ACC 2
3 Michigan (9-0) Big Ten 3
4 Washington (9-0) Pac-12 5
5 Ohio State (8-1) Big Ten 6
6 Louisville (8-1) ACC 7
7 Wisconsin (7-2) Big Ten 8
8 Texas A&M (7-2) SEC 4
9 Auburn (7-2) SEC 9
10 Penn State (7-2) Big Ten 12
11 Oklahoma (7-2) Big 12 14
12 Colorado (7-2) Pac-12 15
13 Oklahoma State (7-2) Big 12 18
14 Virginia Tech (7-2) ACC 19
15 Utah (7-2) Pac-12 16
16 West Virginia (7-1) Big 12 20
17 North Carolina (7-2) ACC 21
18 Florida State (6-3) ACC 22
19 Nebraska (7-2) Big Ten 10
20 USC (6-3) Pac-12 NR
21 Western Michigan (9-0) MAC 23
22 Boise State (8-1) Mountain West 24
23 Washington State (7-2) Pac-12 25
24 LSU (5-3) SEC 13
25 Arkansas (6-3) SEC NR Top Stories