Curtis Conway: USC ‘holds the key to the Pac-12’

The College Football Playoff Committee will not release its initial ranking until 10 days from now, the Monday following Week 9’s slate of games. But Curtis Conway, a former USC wide receiver taken with the seventh overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, already knows the only way the Pac-12 can still send a representative to the post-season: His own alma mater.

“Right now USC holds the key to the Pac-12. Period,” Conway said on the Pac-12 Network on Friday night. “If USC loses to Notre Dame, no one is going to the playoff because if USC runs the table with two losses and ends up in the Pac-12 Championship, whoever wins that game, it doesn’t matter. Washington, to me, is the only team that has a chance.”

Conway makes a valid point: The stakes for Saturday’s matchup with Notre Dame do indeed go far beyond the Trojans’ long, famed rivalry with the Irish. A loss would mark the second on USC’s ledger, adding to a Week 5 upset at Washington State, which only looks worse after the Cougars fell in ugly fashion at Cal two weeks later.

It’s unlikely that Washington State can make the playoff with such an ignominious loss to a program that is struggling as poorly as Cal has this year. Making matters worse for the West Coast, Washington was stunned by an Arizona State team that had been below .500 on the year.

Perhaps the burden does fall on the Trojans, who have played the tenth most difficult schedule to date, with a road trip to South Bend to add to it.

“It’s really about your preparation throughout the week and your preparation on Saturdays,” USC coach Clay Helton told the Pac-12 Network. “The kids understand it’s a big game. It’s big for our fans, our university and both teams. It’s just a lot of fun to be in this moment with both teams doing so well. It’s a big ball game. It should be a fun one.”

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