Originally posted on Double Coverage Football  |  Last updated 3/6/13
Since resurrecting Choke Wednesday last month we've focused on three of the worst in-game collapses of the 2012 season, but what about the biggest choke on the season as a whole? That honor unanimously goes to the USC Trojans, who started the season ranked #1 in the country and finished it ready to disband their football program. The Trojans finished in the AP Top 5 in 2011 despite still being banned from postseason play, so when Matt Barkley decided to return and the NCAA sanctions against the program expired the Men of Troy were a hot ticket for "experts" coast to coast last summer. They opened the season at #1 in the country. Their BCS title odds ranged from 3:1 to an absolutely absurd 7:5 on the Vegas strip. Barkley, who had never even been first team All Pac 12 (and still hasn't) had his name inscribed on the Heisman before he registered for classes. Five of Sports Illustrated's seven college football experts had the Trojans in the title game. Four of them picked Barkley to ...
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