One of the knocks on USC this week is that it got eviscerated by Stanford and still remained in the polls (No. 21 in coaches, No. 22 in AP). Had it been a Clemson or a Missouri, they would have been dropped so far out of the polls they would have needed the Hubble telescope to see No. 25.
But the Trojans are still ranked and still have a slight chance to go to the Rose Bowl through a series of tiebreakers. How Cincinnati takes on the USC disguise is if it passes TCU in the BCS rankings down the stretch. Cincy probably has a weaker schedule than TCU but will get a big push from playing Illinois – yes, Illinois – and Pittsburgh in the final two games.
TCU has Wyoming and New Mexico. A jump by Cincinnati could make a huge difference if two of the top three lose. While that’s not likely, imagine the screams you would hear from Fort Worth if Cincinnati played for a national championship over the Frogs.
Think about that: Cincinnati getting to the championship because it has more "name brand" value than ... anyone!
Cincinnati signature victories: Rutgers, Oregon State
TCU signature victories: at Clemson (possible ACC champion), at Virginia, at BYU, Utah. That’s three ranked teams and as many or more ACC wins than four ACC teams.