USC vs Notre Dame: Five Things We Learned

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Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Ed Orgeron (left) shakes hands with Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly after the game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1) Cookies Aren’t Problem Solvers

Much was made of the changes Ed Orgeron made to the environment around the USC program. Unfortunately those changes couldn’t prevent a plethora of injuries nor could they fix the Trojans increasingly devastating problems on the offensive line. Encouraging a positive attitude was still the right step for Orgeron as he took control of the team, but in hindsight, it was never going to do enough to right the ship completely.

USC is facing more than just their opponents on the field. The men of Troy must also contend with their own lack of execution and a thinned out roster. The latter is out of both the players’ and coaches’ control, but the former is the issue that needs a medicine stronger than butter, sugar and flour mixed into delicious morsels. That’s not to say that Coach O can’t get the problems sorted out. It’ll just take a lot longer than one week and probably more time than he has.

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