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Steve Sarkisian hired at USC

Steve Sarkisian is renowned for turning around a Washington program that was 0-12 the season prior to his arrival, so his new position as USC football head coach should seem like a much easier job. Sarkisian is taking over a program that experienced a significant boost after firing Lane Kiffin -- interim coach Ed Orgeron utilized the Trojans' talent well on the way to a 6-2 post-Kiffin record. A simple return to respectability won't be enough for Sarkisian, however -- he'll be expected to make the Trojans annual contenders for the national championship, and fast.

What do you make of USC football hiring Steve Sarkisian as head coach?

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  • Who would have been the best choice for USC football's new head coach?

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  • When will USC next contend for a national title?

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  • How much credit would you give Steve Sarkisian for USC's 22-3 record when he was offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008?

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Despite the school's struggles during the brief Lane Kiffin era, USC is still a desirable destination for coaches who want to try to establish a dynasty. Increasingly, it's been looking like USC might not have to look far in its search. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has the team on a 5-1 run since he took over in late September. Orgeron expressed his interest in the position in an interview, but he may have to contend with at least one other big name -- Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio, an alum who interviewed with the Trojans during Denver's bye week.

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What is next for USC football?

Unsatisfied with the 3-2 start to the season, USC fired head coach Lane Kiffin upon returning home after Saturday's 62-41 loss to Arizona State. Some felt Kiffin was already on the hot seat entering the season, and the lackluster first five games and losses in recruiting sealed his fate. However, a mid-season firing is rare and the full-time replacement is still unknown. How will USC rebound?

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Things are pretty interesting in the Pac-12 these days. Oregon is a perennial contender but just lost coach Chip Kelly to the NFL. Stanford won the conference last season, but will the Cardinal be able to repeat? Then there's the rise of UCLA, USC's constant state of flux and many other bits of intrigue out West. How will these teams stack up in 2013? Make your picks!

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2013 Pac-12 football teams

Arizona

Arizona

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Pac-12: 4-5

Arizona State

Arizona State

2012 overall: 8-5
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

California

California

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Pac-12: 2-7

Colorado

Colorado

2012 overall: 1-11
2012 Pac-12: 1-8

Oregon

Oregon

2012 overall: 12-1
2012 Pac-12: 8-1

Oregon State

Oregon State

2012 overall: 9-4
2012 Pac-12: 6-3

Stanford

Stanford

2012 overall: 12-2
2012 Pac-12: 8-1

UCLA

UCLA

2012 overall: 9-5
2012 Pac-12: 6-3

USC

USC

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

Utah

Utah

2012 overall: 5-7
2012 Pac-12: 3-6

Washington

Washington

2012 overall: 7-6
2012 Pac-12: 5-4

Washington State

Washington State

2012 overall: 3-9
2012 Pac-12: 1-8

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USC opens its 2013 season against Hawaii next week, but Lane Kiffin still hasn't chosen a starting quarterback between Max Wittek and Cody Kessler. Wittek has more experience than Kessler, although Kessler's performance in fall camp has been said to be more impressive. All this indecision on Kiffin's part is freaking Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee out. He thinks the fact that USC hasnt named a QB yet is ''crazy.'. We'll reserve judgment until we see how the Trojans actually play once the competition is over.


Wittek or Kessler?

Kessler is considered the favorite to win the job, but Wittek started USC's final two games of last season, including the Sun Bowl.

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Who should start at quarterback for USC?

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