USC vs. Stanford: Why This Will Be Matt Barkley's 'Heisman Game'

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USC vs. Stanford: Why This Will Be Matt Barkley's 'Heisman Game'
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Matt Barkley has never beaten Stanford.

Heisman favorite Barkley has accomplished a lot in his years at the helm of USC’s offense but he has never managed to beat the Farm. All that will end on Saturday when Barkley and the USC Trojans march into Stanford Stadium and lay an epic beatdown on the Cardinal.

It is time for USC to put Leland Stanford, Jr. University back in its rightful place as a Pac-12 also-ran. The offensive display Barkley will put on will cement the 2012 Heisman early in the season.

As Matt Barkley passes to his world-class tandem wide receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, records will fall. Barkley has beaten every team in the Pac-12—including two that were just added last year—but is 0-3 versus Stanford during his USC career.

In 2011, Stanford beat USC in triple overtime 56-48 in one of the most thrilling games I’ve ever personally witnessed. In 2010, the Cardinal eked out a last-second 37-35 victory and in 2009, USC was routed 55-21 by the Farm.

Andrew Luck is gone. Jim Harbaugh is gone. The Trojans are loaded with talent and on a quest to play for and win the 2012 BCS National Championship.

Stanford is just one of the steps along the way, but one Barkley will take seriously. He will not finish his career never having beaten Stanford.

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