The USC Trojans have been one of the most consistent teams in the 2022 college football season. They are 8-1 so far, with their only loss coming against the Utah Utes, who once were in the AP top 10. The Trojans are in a good position to be in the Pac-12 Championship Game, but they want more.
USC has hopes of making it into the College Football Playoff or at the very least a bid to one of the New Year’s Six bowls. Currently at No. 8, the Trojans have a tough path, but they are potentially receiving some help from Notre Dame in the quest of rising in the rankings.
The Fighting Irish started the season on a bad note, losing their first two games. Since then, they are 6-3 and made their first appearance in the CFP rankings at No. 20 after a 35-14 upset over then-No. 4 Clemson Tigers.
Here are two reasons USC is helped by Notre Dame entering the College Football Playoff Top 25.
2. Notre Dame lost to Stanford
The Fighting Irish seem to be back on track since starting the season with losses to Ohio State and Marshall. The only other hiccup they had was a 16-14 loss at home to the Stanford Cardinals in Week 7. Stanford was coming off an 11-game losing streak against FBS teams, which did not look good for Notre Dame.
While it might sound a bit disconnected from USC’s rise in the CFP rankings, this loss is actually a good sign for the Trojans.