Football out West is under-rated. A lot of good players are coming out of California and filling out the rosters. The rankings are decided by sportswriters and computers instead of on the field, between men.
Oregon State beat USC so it segued the whole ranking system this year. Could it possibly be because Oregon State is a solid team? The bowl results are proving the point.
Utah 31 Alabama 17. USC 38 Penn St 24 Oregon 42 Okla State 31