Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) celebrates after a 47-yard field goal by Andre Heidari (not pictured) with 19 seconds left against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Stanford 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC Morning Links: MVP Kessler, USC Relevance and Other Links

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USC running on better Kiffin system
(Teddy Mitrosilis | Fox Sports)

His absence mattered most of all. The absence of his name, precisely.

Expunge Lane Kiffin, USC fans said, and we’ll be happy. Rid us of this era, and we’ll get on board now for the next one.

Why Cody Kessler Is Trojans’ MVP for 2013
(Rick McMahan | Bleacher Report)

It wasn’t so long ago that quarterback Cody Kessler was the object of fans ire and rightfully so as the redshirt sophomore struggled mightily early on.

However, those days appear to be behind him and it comes as no surprise that as Kessler has improved, so have the Trojans.

Coach O has made USC relevant again
(Gary Paskwietz |

It’s amazing to look across the college football media landscape right now to see just how many stories have been written about Ed Orgeron and the Trojans.

USC isn’t part of the national title hunt, there are no Trojans in line for the Heisman Trophy, yet the resurgent play of the team and the ongoing story with Orgeron’s push for the full-time coaching spot have made the Trojans — as Brent Musberger said at the end of the Stanford game broadcast — relevant again.

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