While USC is eligible to be ranked in the computer polls, officials don’t expect the Trojans’ absence from the other two BCS components to effect this season’s standings.
Because it is on NCAA probation, USC is ineligible for the coaches’ poll and for the Harris poll, two of the three components used to determine the BCS standings. Neither poll permits its voters to rank programs who face a postseason ban.
The BCS standings combine the coaches’ poll, the Harris Interactive poll and the average of six computer rankings to determine the final standings. BCS coordinator Bill Hancock doesn’t anticipate USC’s ban having an effect on the final standings.