Matt Barkley will get one last chance to leave Southern California on a high note, and it will come against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
The Trojans (7-5), who started the season ranked No. 1, accepted a bid Sunday to the Dec. 31 game in El Paso, Texas. Coach Lane Kiffin said he expects his star quarterback to be able to play by then after missing the season finale against top-ranked Notre Dame with a sprained shoulder.
''He hasn't gone to a bowl game the last couple years, so it's a chance to go to one and finish off strong for him and for the senior class,'' Kiffin said. ''It's a great opportunity for us.''
USC hasn't been able to play in a bowl game the past two seasons because of NCAA sanctions resulting from improper benefits received by former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush.
''Especially after two years of sitting at home and not being able to go to a bowl game, we're excited,'' Kiffin said. ''...