(Image source: CBS Sports)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR JOE CHIODO

Is it “Fight On” or fight off for the USC Trojans? Some media members are making a microcosm of Matt Barkley’s fourth and 40 failure on Saturday. ESPN’s John Buccigross called it a last chance …

“ … to keep a perfect season alive. Perhaps a Heisman Trophy alive. Perhaps a national championship hope alive. And just to beat Stanford one time. But it doesn’t happen.”

Trevor Pryce on CBS Sports isn’t just blaming Barkley. But he’s pretty much pronouncing the Trojans’ 2012 title hopes dead.

“Cut it all off. Just cut it all off. It’s done with. The problem with USC is they started buying into their own hype. The wide receivers, and everybody saying they’re so great, and the NFL, and this, that and the other. And Matt Barkley, he came back.”

Yes, he came back despite the chance to go pro and make millions in the NFL. Barkley gift-wrapped his announcement a few days before last Christmas — many months before he’d find a lump of coal against Stanford. NBC Sports has it.

“I am staying because I want to finish what I started. … and know for a few short years, I dedicated myself fully to achieving all that I can as a USC football player.”

CBS Sports blogger and HeismanPundit.com’s Chris Huston says Barkley's best chance at winning the Heisman was as the star quarterback on an elite team contending for a national title.

“While there is a chance every other contender in the race messes up, thus creating a reset, it has rarely happened in Heisman history. Given the fickle nature of the Heisman electorate, voters prefer to move on.”

So, what’s the story? A sports writer for USA Today says it’s Stanford — and everyone missed it.

“After a 21-14 win Saturday at Stanford Stadium, the Cardinals have won four in a row over the Trojans. Chew on that for a moment. It's time to focus on a program that hasn't arrived at college football's upper echelon. It remains there.”

Steve Greenberg with The Sporting News says it’s not even Stanford that should be grabbing headlines — it’s USC’s rival Notre Dame. The Irish notched their first win over a top-10 opponent in seven years. Greenberg predicts …

“The Irish are sure to be among the biggest jumpers in the polls. It’s richly deserved.”

USC dropped to 13th in the Associated Press Poll and 12th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. Stanford moved up to 9th and 11th, respectively. And Notre Dame? They’re ranked 11th and 15th.

USC, Matt Barkley Stunned by Stanford: Heisman Hopes Dashed?

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Sep 16, 2012

USC, Matt Barkley Stunned by Stanford: Heisman Hopes Dashed?

(Image source: CBS Sports)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR JOE CHIODO

Is it “Fight On” or fight off for the USC Trojans? Some media members are making a microcosm of Matt Barkley’s fourth and 40 failure on Saturday. ESPN’s John Buccigross called it a last chance …

“ … to keep a perfect season alive. Perhaps a Heisman Trophy alive. Perhaps a national championship hope alive. And just to beat Stanford one time. But it doesn’t happen.”

Trevor Pryce on CBS Sports isn’t just blaming Barkley. But he’s pretty much pronouncing the Trojans’ 2012 title hopes dead.

“Cut it all off. Just cut it all off. It’s done with. The problem with USC is they started buying into their own hype. The wide receivers, and everybody saying they’re so great, and the NFL, and this, that and the other. And Matt Barkley, he came back.”

Yes, he came back despite the chance to go pro and make millions in the NFL. Barkley gift-wrapped his announcement a few days before last Christmas — many months before he’d find a lump of coal against Stanford. NBC Sports has it.

“I am staying because I want to finish what I started. … and know for a few short years, I dedicated myself fully to achieving all that I can as a USC football player.”

CBS Sports blogger and HeismanPundit.com’s Chris Huston says Barkley's best chance at winning the Heisman was as the star quarterback on an elite team contending for a national title.

“While there is a chance every other contender in the race messes up, thus creating a reset, it has rarely happened in Heisman history. Given the fickle nature of the Heisman electorate, voters prefer to move on.”

So, what’s the story? A sports writer for USA Today says it’s Stanford — and everyone missed it.

“After a 21-14 win Saturday at Stanford Stadium, the Cardinals have won four in a row over the Trojans. Chew on that for a moment. It's time to focus on a program that hasn't arrived at college football's upper echelon. It remains there.”

Steve Greenberg with The Sporting News says it’s not even Stanford that should be grabbing headlines — it’s USC’s rival Notre Dame. The Irish notched their first win over a top-10 opponent in seven years. Greenberg predicts …

“The Irish are sure to be among the biggest jumpers in the polls. It’s richly deserved.”

USC dropped to 13th in the Associated Press Poll and 12th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. Stanford moved up to 9th and 11th, respectively. And Notre Dame? They’re ranked 11th and 15th.

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