Win Against Colorado Was Final Piece of Puzzle For USC

By Jesse Oakley
Ron Chenoy- USA TODAY Sports

USC cruised on Saturday night, winning 47- 29 against a now 4-7 Colorado Buffaloes team. So what does this win mean for USC? How does beating a bottom-tier Pac-12 team become significant?

It means USC is officially back, partly thanks to Ed Orgeron, current interim head coach. I’m not going to rant on about Orgeron though, but if you do want to hear that, it can be found here. USC has gone through a lot this season, starting off 3-2, then firing Lane Kiffin, then going 6-1 with a new coach. In all, it’s been a matter of just finding the right pieces for USC’s puzzle.

Marqise Lee is the first big name that comes to mind as one of USC’s big contributors. He has 44 receptions for 604 yards on the season, though Lee didn’t play last Saturday due to a leg injury. Coach Orgeron expects him to play against UCLA. Another contributor is Cody Kessler, who has filled in nicely for the departed Matt Barkley. Kessler currently has 2,449 passing yards on the season and is only a sophomore, so he’ll probably be sticking around to lead USC for another year.

These are just two of the many pieces USC has put together to make a winning football team. Getting this win — their fifth straight by the way — should confirm several things. First, Ed Orgeron should definitely be USC’s new head coach. Second, USC already had all the talent they needed to win, but they were just lacking leadership.

Finally, it confirms that USC is officially back and ready to win.

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