(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer After traipsing from the humid New Jersey swamps to rain-soaked Seattle over the past few weeks, Matt Barkley is awfully grateful to be back in the Southern California sunshine.
With a travel-heavy first half of the year finally behind them, the No. 11 Trojans (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) will leave Los Angeles just once for the rest of the regular season, which begins with Saturday's visit from lowly Colorado. USC doesn't blame the schedule for its unintimidating performances thus far, but it's clear the preseason's No. 1 team probably will benefit from the comforts of home.
''Seems like we've been away for a long time,'' Barkley said. ''You don't hear guys talk about it, but I think you'll see it in the next couple of games. We don't like to think it affects us, but being back at the Coliseum will be a big help.''
Although the Trojans have hardly been the jugger...