In a season where USC has experienced more ups and downs than the Empire State building's busiest elevator, the Trojans finds themselves definitely on the rise.
Now 8-3 and ranked 23rd in the AP poll after their huge win over Stanford Saturday evening, the men of Troy likely couldn't have seen this coming just a few short weeks ago.
And while most people would say the Trojans fortunes began to rise with the dismissal of former head man Lane Kiffin, there is another player whose success coincides closely with that of his team.
It wasn't so long ago that quarterback Cody Kessler was the object of fans ire and rightfully so as the redshirt sophomore struggled mightily early on.
However, those days appear to be behind him and it comes as no surprise that as Kessler has improved, so have the Trojans.
This slideshow will look at some of the reasons why young Cody has been USC's most valuable player thus far in 2013.
While other Trojans have made considerable contributions, it is Kessler who has been instrumental in getting USC to where they are now.