USC’s hopes of securing a spot in the College Football Playoff took a hit after their second defeat this season. However, their standout quarterback, Caleb Williams, remains unshaken and committed to pushing forward.
While a national championship seemed within reach at the season’s outset, the Trojans are recalibrating their aspirations. Their current focus is on clinching a spot in the Pac-12 title game, although the road ahead is challenging. With Washington undefeated in the conference and USC grouped with three other one-loss teams in the Pac-12 standings, the Trojans’ journey is uphill.
Caleb Williams on approaching the rest of the season after a second loss has essentially eliminated USC from CFP contention: “You don’t necessarily know what’s going to happen. … You keep going, you keep fighting.” pic.twitter.com/w60YDf656M
— Thuc Nhi Nguyen (@thucnhi21) October 26, 2023
Facing formidable opponents in the upcoming games, USC needs to be impeccable. The remainder of their schedule is filled with powerhouse teams such as Washington, Oregon, and UCLA. It’s noteworthy that USC hasn’t had the best run against ranked teams this season, holding a 0-2 record. To add to the pressure, the Trojans might end up squaring off against three consecutively ranked teams as they conclude the season.
For Caleb Williams, there’s more than just team pride on the line. Every game, every throw now also serves as an audition for the NFL scouts, as he looks to elevate his draft stock for the forthcoming NFL Draft in April.