USC's debut at No. 5 in the first Bowl Championship Series standings elicited a common response from Coach Pete Carroll on Sunday night.
"I'm lost for words," he said, sarcastically.
After routing Washington State, 69-0, on Saturday, the Trojans remained No. 4 in the coaches' poll, No. 5 in the Harris Interactive Poll but came up 10th in the initial computer component -- all of which are used to formulate the BCS standings.
USC is behind Texas, Alabama, Penn State and Oklahoma in the BCS standings.
The Trojans remained sixth in the Associated Press media poll behind the same four teams and Florida.
Carroll, as is his custom, downplayed the significance of rankings and standings in October.
But after learning that Ohio State, a team the Trojans defeated, 35-3, was fifth in the BCS computer rankings, Carroll apparently could not help himself.
"How does that happen?" he said. "Nice system."
USC will attempt to extend its winning streak to four games on Saturday when the Trojans play at Arizona.
The Wildcats, led by quarterback Willie Tuitama and wide receiver Mike Thomas, are coming off a 42-27 victory over California.