USC Football: Five Things We Learned vs. Arizona

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Oct 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans interim coach Ed Orgeron congratulates left guard Jordan Simmons (68) after a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1) Trojans Would “Go To War” For Coach O

The  Cody Kessler quote has been repeated over and over, but that’s because it says everything about the transition from Lane Kiffin to Ed Orgeron. “No disrespect to the coach who was here before, but you want a coach that you would freaking go to war for every time. And this guy here to my right, and I don’t just speak for myself, we would go to war for him.”

Kessler certainly thrived in the system (which we’ll get into later) and through three quarters the defense did a great job stifling the Arizona offense. However, we still need to learn if the Trojans can maintain the intensity of war through all four quarters, especially on the road and especially against the toughest opposition. 

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