When the USC Trojans finally fired Lane Kiffin after the loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils, most people assumed that the Trojans’ year was over and that a bowl game was likely, but there was no way that they would even stand a chance of making it to a BCS Bowl. However, a BCS Bowl just might be in their future after USC upset the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal 20-17.
Now that Stanford lost, the Oregon Ducks should go to the PAC-12 Championship as the team from the Northern Division. That means that the PAC-12 South winner could have a chance to beat the Ducks in the championship game and go to a BCS Bowl.
USC, the UCLA Bruins and Arizona State all have an opportunity to win the Pac-12 South. At the moment, Arizona State is in first at 6-1, UCLA is in second at 5-2 and USC is in third at 5-2. The Trojans need to win out as well as get some help from other teams to make it to the PAC-12 Championship game.
Next up for UCLA is Arizona State. If UCLA can pull off a win, the Bruins vault to the top of a three-way tie for first place in the PAC-12 South. If everything works out, USC will face UCLA in the last game of the season while Arizona State faces the tough Arizona Wildcats. If USC can win and Arizona State loses, they meet the winners of the PAC-12 North in the PAC-12 Championship game.
When’s the last time that a team fired a head coach midway through the season and still had an opportunity to go to a BCS game? It might take a miracle, but this so called “disastrous” season for the Trojans might turn into one of the best in recent years. Don’t count USC out just yet.