With the Pac-12 in full meltdown, some USC fans will use this as evidence the Trojans deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament. But remember USC went 0-5 against the three teams (Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA) who all got bounced from the NCAA Tournament.
How the Trojans lost to Arizona State was particulary galling. The Sun Devils scored the last nine points of the game. That game probably cost USC its NCAA bid. So if the Pac-12 is terrible, why didn’t USC beat those teams?
And USC football played its part in the Pac-12’s woes. The Trojans’ underachievement and sloppiness culminated in the 24-7 loss to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl.