USC Morning Links: USC-Stanford Drama, O’s Opposite Philosophy and Other Links


More drama for USC, Stanford rivalry?(Kevin Gemmell |

"One kick. One fumble. One stop on fourth down. Those are three different endings that led to three different white-knuckle victories for the Stanford Cardinal over USC in the last three years. The Cardinal have dominated the series with USC of late, having won four in a row and five of the last six. But the scoreboard tells a different tale. The scoreboard shows that one missed kick, or a little more ball security, or one converted fourth down could swing the wins in favor of the Trojans."

Picks: USC will upset Stanford(Phil Steele |

"Each week during the 2013 college football season I will offer up my picks and scores for the biggest games in addition to a handful of other key matchups. Week 11 is in the books and my picks went 5-4. Overall, my record now stands at 76-23 this year. After a week that saw Stanford upset Oregon and Baylor and Alabama notch impressive home wins, this week’s slate offers several matchups with conference title implications and the possibility for several upsets."

Isaac feeling good after breaking through(Johnny Curren |

"After showing promise in limited action throughout USC’s first nine games, freshman tailback Ty Isaac received the chance to contribute on a much grander scale this past weekend and responded with a breakout performance. Thrust into the expanded role when starter Silas Redd went out early against California with a knee injury, Isaac was able to get in the flow of a game for the first time as a Trojan, racking up 87 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries."

USC interim coach Ed Orgeron winning with Seinfeld philosophy of ‘The Opposite’(Martin Rickman | Sports Illustrated)

"There’s an old   episode called “The Opposite,” in which George Costanza looks at his life and realizes everything he does is wrong. Why not do exactly the opposite? Well, the same logic applies to USC’s Ed Orgeron, who was elevated to interim head coach after Lane Kiffin was fired at an airport terminal. The former Ole Miss headman developed a reputation with the Rebels for hard practices, and his disciplinary attitude arguably broke his team. Seinfeld"

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