USC struggles against WMU, beats Stanford and edges Texas. Stanford beats Rice loses to USC and loses to SDSU (!). Texas loses to Maryland (!), beats San Jose State and gets beaten by USC.
So within the 3 teams we have a couple of big loses, some close wins against each other and blowouts against some teams best characterized as NPC's. Anybody with a pulse outside of this troika has given them a game or beaten them.
The narrative is that they are all good or improving. Put on a different set of lenses and they are all bad and struggling. I guess that this is why we play the games.