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Utah Defeats No. 4 USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game, Damaging its Playoff Chances

At Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday, Utah defeated USC 47-24 after gaining a lead in the second half.

The Utes, who will return to the Rose Bowl, have won the Pac-12 conference for the second time in a row.

The Trojans’ (11-2) loss might let Ohio State (11-1) to replace them in the playoffs. In the CFP rankings, USC is fourth and Ohio State is one spot behind.

Utah’s strongest supporter has to be Ohio State. With the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, the Buckeyes move up in the rankings, passing 12-0 Michigan for second place, giving the Big Ten league two playoff teams for the first time. Additionally, it would prolong the Pac-12’s playoff drought; Washington was the last member of that conference to reach the postseason in 2017.

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The defeat might prevent USC from competing in the College Football Playoff. The committee will decide if the Trojans fall below No. 5 Ohio State, which is unbeaten this week, as Ohio State entered the week at No. 4.

After a brilliant start by USC quarterback Caleb Williams and his offence, it was a shocking turn of events. With an early 17-3 lead, USC appeared to be well on its way to both a conference championship and a chance at the national championship under Williams, the Heisman Trophy favourite.

However, Utah’s defence managed to stop him, and as the game went on, it seemed like the great quarterback was hobbling. The Trojans were slowed down by his restricted mobility, but Utah just kept scoring and never looked back.

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