1) Orgeron May Not Be “The Guy”
Fans wanted him to be, players insist he still is, but the 35-14 loss to UCLA painted plenty of doubt on Orgeron’s potential as “The Guy” for USC.
One loss doesn’t wipe out the progress the Trojans made under Orgeron’s guidance. He took a team in shambles, lacking direction and passion, and made all the right changes to get them rolling again. A 6-2 record, with a limited roster and devastating injury troubles, is nothing to scoff at.
The two losses aren’t the problem. The teams which are represented by those two losses are.
Losing to Notre Dame and UCLA in the same season is tantamount to a cardinal sin at USC. The UCLA loss is especially damning, considering it came in the Coliseum and the Trojans were so clearly outplayed and outcoached.
What that means for the bowl game: Orgeron isn’t out of the running, so there’s still a chance he’ll be named the full-time head coach by the time the bowl kicks off. However, his chances have shrunk dramatically and it is more likely that he’ll simply be keeping the seat warm for whoever is hired by then.