The pollsters didn't notice that, of the teams that they have ranked ahead of USC, all of them lost the last time they played the Gamecocks.
USC has not played Oregon or Stanford. But USC was the last team to beat Bama by more than 10 points. USC beat them by 14 the year BEFORE Jadeveon Clowney got there. Alabama was #1 and their only lead was 3-0 early and it was all USC from there.
USC beat Ohio State in 2 straight bowl games. By a margin of 17 and 3 points.
The Gamecocks has beaten Clemson 4 straight by 17, 22, 21, and 10. So that's 7-0 with an average margin of victory of almost 15 points per game (14.86 to be exact). Well, I guess they are just better than us. Did you feel the sarcasm?