Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Ed Orgeron is hoisted by players in celebration after the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. USC defeated Oregon State 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

USC Morning Links: Legends Back Orgeron, Deciding LA's Top Team and Other Links


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Marcus Allen, other ex-USC stars like what they see from Ed Orgeron
(Sam Farmer | Los Angeles Times)

Marcus Allen has seen enough. He’s convinced.

The 1981 Heisman Trophy winner from USC said Ed Orgeron has sufficiently proved he deserves to drop the interim title and become the Trojans’ head football coach. Allen isn’t part of any selection committee, but if he were, he would hire Orgeron.

USC, UCLA at it again to decide L.A.’s No. 1 team
(Tom Hoffarth | Los Angeles Daily )

Acknowledging how history, emotions and what passes as sheer boastfulness play into it, the real bowl game for UCLA’s and USC’s football teams will come when the two meet again Saturday night.

Call it the Coach O Bowl for USC, if you like.

Or it’s the Oh-No-You-Don’t Bowl for UCLA.

Trojans hitting stride at right time
(Gary Paskwietz | ESPN.com)

There is too much else to celebrate about what this team has accomplished to worry about the title game. Yes, it would have been nice for the program, especially considering the Trojans have yet to play in the game as it enters its third year in existence. But to focus solely on the title game would be a disservice to everything else that has gone on with this program over the last seven weeks, a process that has seen the team continue to improve to the point where they are playing their best football of the year at a time when the Bruins come to the Coliseum.

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