Almost halfway through the 2013 college football season, USC finds itself with a 4-2 record and a new—albeit interim—head coach in Ed Orgeron.
After the Trojans floundered under Lane Kiffin, athletic director Pat Haden made the change to the more enthusiastic Orgeron, hoping that he could infuse the the men of Troy with the kind of excitement that might salvage the year.
Orgeron rewarded his AD with a 38-31 victory over Arizona Thursday evening and along with that, gave a skeptical fanbase something to find optimism in for the rest of this year's campaign.
But can the Trojans keep it going? Will Orgeron and company be able to make some noise in 2013 and possibly make it to an important bowl game?
To see where the Trojans might go from here, it might be illustrative to see where they have come from.
This article will assign midseason grades for the Cardinal and Gold and examine who has performed and who has not.
Please note that some players and coaches may not have yet earned a grade due to an incomplete body of work and only primary players at each position are graded.
Grades are based on statistical level of play, the good 'ol "eye test" and some grades are given as a unit.