USC entered the top four in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings. If every team in the top four holds serve in their conference championship games, the semifinals are set: No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 USC and No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU.
The only question at this point is if No. 5 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 in Big Ten) can sneak into the top four. Losses by either TCU or USC would open the door for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State will be rooting for No. 11 Utah (9-3, 7-2 in Pac-12) in its conference title game against USC (11-1, 8-1 in Pac-12). That would be the easiest path for the Buckeyes to re-enter the chat.