It’s too soon to crown Barkley


As a USC fan, it was alarming. When freshman quarterback Matt Barkley approached the huddle before the Trojans went for the two-point conversion late Saturday night, ESPN announcer Brent Musburger added a little bit of bravado to the already tense situation. “Right before your eyes, you’re watching a freshman grow up tonight, before a record-setting […]

USC’s schedule pays off for now


No matter how hard Pete Carroll tries to turn the focus forward to the upcoming game against Washington, Saturday’s classic against Ohio State might be the only thing USC fans talk about for some time. The tilt between top-10 teams was a rarity on a number of levels. Earlier in the fall, Carroll mused on […]

Barkley comes of age before our eyes


Matt Barkley has officially relinquished the title of freshman. With the game on the line in just his second collegiate game, in front of perhaps the loudest crowd he will ever face, Barkley’s play was not that of a teenager. His numbers weren’t spectacular. His missed opportunities were plenty. But for the defining drive that […]

USC should just keep it classy this weekend


LaGarrette Blount. Many of you know him as the man who, last weekend, threw the best punch on a blue field in history. But once you get past how that one punch that connected with Boise State defensive end Byron Hout’s jaw right made watching that slow game worth it, the reality of the situation […]

USC-OSU should be more of the same


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. USC opens up its season with a 50-point romp, beating up a lesser opponent before a supposed “game of the year” the following week against a highly ranked team. Ohio State stumbles before the “game of the year,” playing down to an inferior opponent and having to […]

What we learned about USC in opener


The official San Jose State football website sported this headline postgame Saturday and for much of Sunday: “Spartans Score First; USC Wins, 56-3.” Really? Talk about a misleading headline. Your opponent scored eight straight touchdowns and you point out your measly field goal? Bold choice. Apart from that ridiculousness, there are a few things USC […]

The wait is over: Game day is here


The famine is over. I don’t know how you survived, but you made it. The new dawn tomorrow brings a day that you’ve all been waiting eight months for — a day that seemed so far off in April, you wished you could just fall asleep and wake up on Sept. 5. Tomorrow, that insatiable […]

One for the record books — for now


We’ve all heard it: A true freshman has never started a season at quarterback for the Trojans. But that will all change on Saturday, when No. 4 USC opens its season in historic fashion against San Jose State at the Coliseum in front of 90,000 screaming fans. When Pete Carroll chose Barkley to be his […]

Void left by Johnson’s injury is easily filled


Junior receiver Ronald Johnson broke his collarbone in the mock game at the Coliseum Saturday, leading to what could only be termed a vast sense of uneasiness within the Trojan faithful. I’m here to settle that apprehension. Yes, Johnson was lined up to start opposite redshirt junior Damian Williams this season, replacing the gone-to-the-NFL Patrick […]

Young Barkley shows comfort in hot seat


Matt Barkley is not like you or me. He may never have been, but he certainly never will be from now on. I’m not trying to dehumanize the great freshman hope, who has been just as impressive in interviews as he has been on the field. Every time that I have talked to him, he […]