Trojans ready for big run behind Barkley

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 15, 2012
Matt Barkley's surprising return has made Southern California one of the front-runners to win the national championship. The Trojans figured to be one of the nation's top teams this season, their first after a two-year postseason ban. Barkley makes them a legitimate contender to win the final BCS championship before college football's playoff system kicks in. Once a highly touted freshman who sometimes made questionable decisions, Barkley transformed into one of the country's best quarterbacks. Despite being projected as a high NFL draft pick, he opted to return for his senior season for a chance at a championship. With Barkley calling the shots and talented players across the roster, the Trojans could make a run at it.
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