Desmond Howard is putting one team in the College Football Playoff on upset alert. It’s a team that is out west.

USC is playing Utah in the Pac-12 Championship and Howard thinks an upset could happen. Utah has already played USC this season and beat the Trojans 43-42 in Salt Lake City. The Utes also beat the Trojans in 2021.

“You’re looking at a Utah team that knows, not thinks they don’t believe, but they know they can play with USC,” Howard said. “They would love to not only upset USC’s college football playoff hopes, but at the same time they would derail their quarterback, Caleb Williams, Heisman campaign.”

A USC loss could allow for Ohio State to sneak into the College Football Playoff, according to Howard. We’ll see what happens.

“At that point you’re looking at a USC team that has losses, especially two losses to the same team,” Howard said. “For USC to lose twice to Utah, I think that Ohio State would slip in the back door and get into the College Football Playoff.”