Found September 16, 2012 on Football Nation:
Is the Heisman race already heating up?Matt Barkley didn’t have a strong showing on Saturday against No. 21-ranked Stanford. In fact, he threw no touchdowns and two interceptions and was sacked four times. Doesn’t sound like a Heisman-winning performance. So where does that leave West Virginia’s star quarterback Geno Smith?Smith converted 34 of 39 passes for 411 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions this weekend. He also avoided being sacked. More impressive, though, is that in two games Smith has nine touchdowns and nine incompletions.Sure, the Mountaineers haven’t had a Top 25 opponent yet. And USC might be overrated. But let’s weigh in on the candidates. Through three games, Barkley is 66-for-109 with 813 yards and 10 scores. Pretty solid, considering the 60.6 completion percentage. But with three interceptions and six sacks and it doesn’t look as good. Add to that Barkley’s fourth quarter stats – 9-for-17 for 90 yards and four touchdowns. That’s with a 52.9 completion perc...

Barkley plummets in latest Heisman poll

USC quarterback Matt Barkley is no longer the prohibitive favorite to win this year's Heisman Trophy. In fact, he's not even the leading USC candidate in his own huddle. Barkley, who threw two interceptions in Saturday's 21-14 loss at Stanford, fell from first to tied for seventh in the latest HeismanPundit poll. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who threw five...

Week 3 Heisman Watch: Geno Smith leads wide-open race as Matt Barkley falters

Week 3 of the college football season is in the books, and the race for the 2012 Heisman Trophy has been dramatically altered. USC’s Matt Barkley is the latest preseason favorite to stumble, throwing two interceptions in a huge loss to Stanford. If you had told me before the year began that Barkley, Denard Robinson and Montee Ball would all be out [...]

Barkley unfazed being winless vs. Cardinal

LOS ANGELES --- Its not easy to catch USC quarterback Matt Barkley off guard. He knew what facing Stanford was going to bring before he touched the practice field for the first time during Stanford week on Tuesday talk about him being winless against Stanford. Thats the story of the week, said Barkley during the Trojans first day of preparation for the Cardinal. So, he was left...

Stanford delivers blow to Barkley, USC

STANFORD, Calif. Matt Barkley, after the visitor's locker room had cleared out, stepped into the night and stood in front of a table that had food splayed on it for the USC football players. Barkley took a burrito wrapped in foil, a sport drink and walked up the long flight of stairs to the team bus. It was hard to imagine much of anything tasting good. Barkley, who might...

The USC Trojans : They Are Who We THOUGHT They Were!

Are we REALLY surprised that USC loss to Stanford?!I mean, come on!Now I may be biased, being that I was born and raised in the South. If you think so that's fine, but USC should've never had a pre-season ranking of No. 1. It just should not have happened.It was a true "slap in the face" to both Alabama and LSU. I understand that Lane Kiffen (Head Coach), Max Nikias...

Stanford continues its dominance over #2 USC Trojans

For a long time, USC has been considered the powerhouse team to be reckoned with in the Pac-12 conference. But for the 4th year in a row, the Stanford Cardinal upset the Trojans to potentially ruin their BCS title hopes. Coming off of a 2-year bowl ban, the Trojans had high expectations with Heisman hopeful quarterback Matt Barkley returning for his senior year and a #1 ranking in...

USC’s Matt Barkley fails to topple Stanford yet again.

STANFORD, Calif. –USC did not have their national title hopes dashed in their 21-14 loss to Stanford Saturday night but they definitely had them put on hold. They now wait for a host of other primarily SEC teams to either take their first knockdown or completely implode. Please Click Here To Read This Story

USC Loses More Than Just National Championship Aspirations

USC Trojans fans watched in stunned disbelief Saturday as their National Championship hopes spiraled down the drain in a 21-14 loss to the Stanford Cardinal.Not only did the loss communicate clearly that the Trojans were not ready for the Big Game, but revealed serious *****’s in the armor of the former number two poseur.Quarterback Matt Barkley had helmed what was heralded as...

Postgame: Barkley and McDonald

USC seniors Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald talk to the media following the Trojans 21-14 loss to Stanford.

Stanford downs No. 2 USC 21-14

If USC is Superman, Stanford is their kryptonite as the Cardinal downed the Trojans 21-14. The win marked Stanford’s fourth straight victory over their Southern California rivals who looked very mediocre all night long. The Trojans managed just 27 yards rushing on 23 attempts and allowed the Stanford defense to sack QB Matt Barkley five times including twice in USC’s final drives.  

No. 2 USC upset again by No. 21 Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Even without Andrew Luck, Stanford still has every answer for Matt Barkley and Southern California. Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and No. 21 Stanford upset second-ranked USC 21-14 on Saturday night for its fourth straight win in this series. Heisman Trophy hopeful...

USC still shocked by 1st loss, but moving on

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Three days after Southern California's comeback season got derailed at Stanford, the 13th-ranked Trojans still can't quite believe how quickly their imperfections were exposed. Robert Woods said Tuesday he's still in shock. Matt Barkley says he wasn't expecting the loaded Trojans to struggle in any game the way they did in their 21-14 loss, leading...

Syracuse Football: Offense Has To Show Up For Season's First Win

Syracuse, N.Y. - After a sloppy end to the 2011 season (5-7), Marrone and his team are still looking to snap its seven-game losing-streak.  The Orange are 0-2 at the start of the season with losses to North Western (42-41) and No. 2 USC (42-29).  Syracuse searches for its first win as they take on Stony Brook Sept. 15 in the Carrier Dome.Though Syracuse dropped the first game...

No. 9 West Virginia 42, James Madison 12

West Virginia made an NFL stadium its home for a day and put up numbers that would be the envy of any pro offense, marching quickly to score on its first four possessions and piling up 569 yards Saturday in a 42-12 win over James Madison. Geno Smith set the school record for career yards passing, and Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin both had 100 yards receiving before halftime for...

No. 9 Stanford looking forward, not back

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By ANTONIO GONZALEZ AP Sports Writer David Shaw came home late Saturday night and his wife, Kori, already wanted to watch the television replay of his Stanford team's 21-14 upset over Southern California. By the time he woke up Sunday morning, more than 200 text messages had piled up on Shaw's phone - some from people he...
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