I've seen what happened Thursday night in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum -- interim coach leads team to spirited win in debut -- too many times to draw any conclusions about Southern Cal's 38-31 victory over Arizona.

I can't say Ed Orgeron is the long-term coaching solution for USC. I can't say the Trojans' season is saved, and that you can expect to see Snoop Lion roaming the sidelines again at SC home games.

But the Trojans sure looked like a different team than the one that lose seven of its final 11 games under Lane Kiffin.

"These guys, it's for them," Orgeron told ESPN.com's Arash Markazi, sounding nothing like his predecessor. "I watched them hurt. I just wanted a change for them. To see them happy and see the celebrating and see them feeling good about themselves and walking with a pep in their steps, that's all I wanted.

"I told the guys I'd treat them like my son, and when you see your son hurting, you hurt for them, and I just wanted them to feel good."

The Trojans played with energy and emotion. Their play-calling was aggressive and well-suited for their personnel. And when it looked like the game was slipping away from them late in the fourth quarter, after the Wildcats scored back-to-back touchdowns to make it a one-possession game, the Trojans didn't buckle. They went after Arizona at the line of scrimmage and chewed up the final 4:18 with the help of seven consecutive runs by Silas Redd.


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That's what we call big-boy football. That's how they play in SEC country, where Orgeron claims his roots. That's how USC used to play under Pete Carroll.

"I think Coach O really brought something special to us," Trojans right tackle Kevin Graf, a Carroll recruit, told The Associated Press. "Coach O really brought Coach Carroll back. That meant a lot to me."

Southern Cal quarterback Cody Kessler, who threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns, gave Orgeron a ringing endorsement to be the Trojans' coach in 2014. And not because they won Thursday.

"When you have a coach that you can see and feel that he cares about you so much and wants you to be the best that you can be and succeed, that's love right there," Kessler told Markazi. "I couldn't ask for a better head coach. All of us would go to war and put our lives on the line for this man any day of the week."

As I alluded earlier, it's easy to fall in love with an interim coach when he's 1-0. Let's not forget Orgeron is best known for his three-season stint with Ole Miss, in which the Rebels went 10-25 and 3-21 in the SEC.

Watching and listening to players embrace him after Thursday's game reminded me of the late Bill Stewart, who received similar treatment after guiding West Virginia to a 48-28 upset of No. 3 Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl as the Mountaineers' interim replacement for Rich Rodriguez. West Virginia was instantly won over, and Stewart's interim tag was lifted.

Three years later, Stewart had fallen out of favor with WVU fans and was out of a job. He resigned after a report surfaced that he asked a local reporter to dig up dirt on his heir apparent, Dana Holgorsen.

I'm not saying Orgeron isn't a good fit to take over as USC's full-time head football coach. I'm just saying Pat Haden and his peers should at least let Orgeron finish season before they make any decisions. It's been one game.

But man, what a difference a game makes.

To the links:

- From Buffzone.com, Brian Howell writes how Colorado is looking to take the next step.

- Kyle Ringo says Mike MacIntyre's firm, but level-headed philosophy has the Buffaloes still feeling positive heading into Saturday night's game at Arizona State.

- Behold, my Week 7 preview and picks, and a crash course on the Oregon-Washington rivalry.

- Washington will be out to break Oregon's dominance Saturday, The Seattle Times' Adam Jude writes.

- The Oregonian's Andrew Greif says the Ducks expect to better focused from the start than they were against the Buffs last week. Late Friday night, Greif's co-worker John Canzano reported Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas will play.

- Arizona State beat writer Doug Haller of azcentral.com breaks down the Sun Devils-Buffs matchup.

- Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News explains why No. 5-ranked Stanford can't afford to overlook Utah on the road.

- On that note, the underdog Utes like their chances, says Lya Wodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune.

- Oregon State is going to great lengths to cut through the crowd noise at Washington State's Martin Stadium. Kevin Hampton of the Corvallis Gazette-Times has the story.

- Wideout Vince Mayle has caught on quickly in his first season with Washington State, according to Seattle Times columnist Bud Withers.

- The connection between UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and running back Paul Perkins dates to their childhood, writes Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times.

- California's road game at No. 11 UCLA will be a homecoming event for several Bears. The San Francisco Chronicle's Hunter Hewitt has the story.

- Lost in Arizona's, uh, loss to USC was the emergence of the Wildcat's passing attack. Story by the Tucson Citizen's Anthony Gimino.

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