The initial College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday, and USC come in at No. 9.
The Trojans — ranked ninth in the Associated Press poll, too — have opened the season 7-1 with a 5-1 record in the Pac-12.
USC is one of five Pac-12 teams to make the initial rankings. Oregon is one spot ahead of the Trojans at No. 8. UCLA at No. 12, Utah at No. 14 and Oregon State at No. 23 round out the Pac-12’s selections.
USC is 1-1 against teams in the first CFP rankings, with a win at Oregon State and loss at Utah. The only remaining game against a ranked opponent for USC is at UCLA in Week 12. But if the Trojans make the Pac-12 championship game they could add another resume game to their schedule.