The USC Trojans continued to fight on under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, defeating the Colorado Buffaloes 47-29 on Saturday night. It was the Trojans’ fifth consecutive victory and they are now 6-1 since Orgeron took over the reigns.
It was not a solid performance for USC, but they did just enough through the air, on the ground and on special teams to earn the victory on a cold night. Unfortunately for Trojan fans, due to other Pac-12 action, USC was eliminated from having a chance at playing for a conference championship and an outside chance at playing in the Rose Bowl.
While the Rose Bowl may be out of the question, the Trojans still have a lot to play for in their regular season finale next week. A win next week over the rival UCLA Bruins would give USC a 10-win season. That win total did not seem remotely possible just a few weeks ago. However, as their motto states, they found a way to “Fight On.”
Depending on how the final week of Pac-12 play shakes out, a 10-win season could place the Trojans in the conference’s third or fourth slot for a bowl game. Look for the Trojans possibly slotted into the Holiday Bowl or the Sun Bowl in late December if they continue to win. It would be the team’s second straight trip to the Sun Bowl with a year off in-between due to ineligibility sanctions.
It is nice to see the Trojans relevant and ranked again looking towards bowl season. Those expectations certainly looked bleak after the fateful night where they allowed 62 points. USC is still a nationally-recognized program and will draw well at a neutral site.