So why is USC and its once-golden boy starting quarterback Matt Barkley struggling this season? Reign of Troy's Josh Webb, taking part in a Pacific Takes round table, put the blame on a lack of discipline.
"Additionally, Barkley has shown a tendency to look-in his receivers and
this has allowed defensive backs to anticipate his throws. These aren't
problems that Barkley should be having in his senior year and they are
putting more pressure on the defense to come through in tight
situations. All of this comes back around to discipline. Barkley should
have the discipline to trust his instincts instead of hesitating on his
reads. Similarly, Leonard Williams
should have the discipline to refrain from committing multiple
personal foul penalties in the game. If the Trojans don't develop some
discipline before Saturday, Arizona is going to look like a walk in the
park compared to the long night Oregon can put them through."