What’s the point of the Pac-12 championship game for USC?
The simple answer is a spot in the College Football Playoff.
But another way of looking at it is the game offers nothing for USC. The Trojans are already No. 4 in the CFP rankings. If they didn’t have another game, they could stroll into the playoff. The Pac-12 championship only offers risk for USC.
Ohio State can get into the playoff without playing in a conference title game. Is that fair?
It’s a weird byproduct of these conference title games and a four-team playoff.
If the playoff expands to 12 teams, then a conference title game will essentially be worthless for some teams because they make the playoff regardless. It’s all part of the changing world of college football.