Barkley stands out for more than just records

As senior quarterback Matt Barkley ran into the locker room after a 50-6 rout against Colorado, he was all smiles. And why wouldn’t he be? He had the game of his life and set records that should stand for years. Barkley threw his 100th career touchdown pass, making him the school’s all time leader, and […]

Turnovers key to USC’s defensive resurgence

Last year, the Trojans posted signs all around Heritage Hall, proclaiming their mantra: “That’s our ball!” And yet, for the past several years, the Trojan defense has been subpar in forcing turnovers. The Trojans ranked 90th nationally in 2011 with just 1.4 takeaways per game (for an embarrassing comparison, UCLA averaged 1.5). The 2010 team […]

Frustration grows with USC’s lack of flashiness

USC mounted an early 10-0 lead at Washington last Saturday and prevailed to improve its overall record to 5-1 at the midway point of the season. But as the Trojans trotted off a damp CenturyLink Field in Seattle, the overwhelming mood was that of frustration. They didn’t score enough — held without a point in […]

Offensive line issues date back to Carroll

Amid the third season since former USC coach Pete Carroll left the Trojans in the lurch, it’s clear the current Seattle Seahawks coach has left an impression on USC in 2012. USC still benefits from Carroll’s cultivation of the brazen, rock-star culture recruits find so attractive, and the Kiffin regime often echoes Carroll’s “Always Compete” […]

USC can still rally to achieve BCS goals

As the USC players pushed their way through the throng of Cardinal fans on the Stanford Stadium field after the clock hit 0:00 Saturday night, the thousands of Trojan fans who made the trek north to Palo Alto were racing their way to the parking lot as quickly as they could. Each group was most […]

Trojans searching for some answers

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Ah, that looked like a USC team of yesteryear, didn’t it? The Trojans were ranked in the top five. They were beginning Pac-12 play on the road. They were more than a touchdown favorite. So, naturally, they laid an egg. Yup, USC again stumbled kicking off its conference slate, this time […]

Preseason hype does not equate to wins

Oh, the difference a year makes. A year ago, USC ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press’ preseason college football poll. In USA Today’s poll, the Trojans were absent because of sanctions. One 10-2 season and one upset of Oregon later, the Trojans now rank in the top three in every preseason poll imaginable, including […]

2012 USC Trojans need to win big

We don’t have to look far for storylines from this year when it comes to USC’s athletic program. The overwhelming sentiment on campus remains: The football dynasty is back at last. In the aftermath of two disappointing nine-and-eight win seasons in 2009 and 2010, respectively, the departure of beloved coach Pete Carroll and sanctions levied […]