Something to start thinking about:
Hell, USC against anyone is something to keep an eye on right now. Their computer advantage will slump in the next few weeks (BYE, Oregon State, Stanford) but after that it's Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame followed by Rival UCLA. If USC miraculously survives that stretch, the computers will be very pleased with their strength of schedule and fall in love with them again.
They're not the nation's No. 2 team but if voters are unwilling to bump them and they just do the survival dance they'll be in Glendale, and unfairly so unless they get their acts together.