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USC Football: Breaking Down USC's Spot in the BCS Rankings
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The first BCS rankings of the 2012 season were released on Sunday night. There were a few surprises, such as Florida at No. 2 and Oregon at No. 3. Kansas State is at No. 4 and Notre Dame is No. 5. USC comes in at No. 10 in these first BCS standings.

Oregon State is No. 8, giving the Pac-12 three teams in the Top 10 and with Stanford at No. 20, four in the Top 20. Of course the SEC has to show off (sarcasm, people) with four teams in the Top 10 and eight in the Top 20. The Big Ten was shut out of the inaugural Top 25 completely.

As for USC’s BCS ranking of No. 10, to be honest, No. 10 is generous. Being ranked at No. 10 in the first BCS Standings of the 2012 season speaks to USC’s talent, potential and history, not what has been accomplished on the field thus far this year.

And, of course, it speaks to the Trojans’ spot in the coaches' and other human polls as well as the computer rankings. In the computers, USC ranks as high as 10 and as low as 20. USC’s computer poll average is roughly 15, while Florida’s is No. 1.

The BCS is flawed, and this is just the first ranking of what is still a long season ahead of us. USC’s position at No. 10 is solid, as there will be things happening between the Trojans and the teams ahead of them over the next six weeks.

It will shake out, and while past history has shown us that it isn’t always fair (USC 2003, Auburn 2004, Utah multiple undefeated years), it always ends up settled. Even if you have to apply the transitive property to football and extrapolate out a result you can live with.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 and how their upcoming schedules advance USC’s case to move up through the BCS rankings:

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