Just a quick review shows me that I am ranking USC way ahead, but not in an uncommon place. Their low ranking is mostly because a lot of people don't have them ranked at all. I am definitely way down on Houston....there are only a few people ranking them about where i do. I think they are like that Hawaii team from a few years back. They might be good, but there's not one win on their schedule to show it.
Also, the world loves Virginia Tech a lot more than I do. They lost to a Clemson team that has now been revealed to be less than great, and their best win is over a now unranked Georgia Tech team. I just don't see them having a better season than, say, Boise, who at least beat Georgia.