USC vs. Stanford: Five Things We Learned

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Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Ed Orgeron reacts during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Stanford 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1) Orgeron can win the big one

Coming into the prime time game against Stanford, there was a legitimate question about Ed Orgeron. He had successfully emulated Pete Carroll in practice, in sideline demeanor and in tone on and off the field, but could he take it to the next level. Could he win the big one like Carroll used to do?

The answer, we learned, is yes.

When it comes down to it, the Trojans played with more heart than the Cardinal. You have to attribute that to Coach O.

You also have to give Orgeron credit for his “Big Balls Pete” moment — going for it on fourth down and two with the game on the line. Those are the kinds of decisions great coaches have to make and those are the kinds of decisions players will reward a great coach for making.

What that means for Colorado: Now there’s a different question making the rounds. Is Orgeron the right man to lead the Trojans long-term?

We’ll have to wait and see, but a big win over Colorado would set up UCLA as the game to give us an answer.

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