USC looks for a win and a boost in rematch with Texas – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — When the College Football Playoff selection committee passed over Big Ten champion Penn State last December in favor of Ohio State for one of the four bids, Kirby Hocutt, its chairman, pointed to one prominent reason: the Buckeyes’ marquee nonconference victory.

In September of last year, Ohio State routed then 14th-ranked Oklahoma.

When he explained the decision, Hocutt said, “the selection committee respects that kind of schedule.”

USC has similar playoff aspirations as it plays host to Texas on Saturday night.

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