USC: The Best Team, Not the Most Deserving

Let’s take a timeout from the Big 12 tiebreaker debate and the Alabama-Florida discussion. Let’s take a moment to consider the plight of the nation’s real No. 1 team.

This is not to say that the Southern California Trojans, who of course had their chance, ought to play in the national championship. If they’d beaten Oregon State, they’d have nothing to worry about. It’s not like the system totally let them down. But we also know that it’s far from perfect. The fact that the Trojans have played the second half of the season with so little hope for a title shot encapsulates today’s often unfair college football landscape.