Getting older pretty much sucks. You have to pay attention to your health. You can't drink as much during football season as you did in college without really paying for it the next day. It takes much longer to recover between workouts.
However, there is one thing that is good about getting older: your BS meter is finely tuned. With age comes the wisdom to realize that "conventional wisdom" usually means that most people just accept whatever other people are saying without really looking at the facts.
It should be fairly clear by now that USC was overrated. In fact, their entire preseason rating was based on beating the Ducks by three points in a game that caught the Ducks looking ahead. Pundits conveniently forgot the Trojans losing to Stanford and Arizona State last season.
Matt Barkley is a very good quarterback—but he is not a great one. He looks the part, and he is a PR dream both on and off the field. Barkley is a golden boy, and media and poll voters like golden boys, especially when the topic is the Heisman Trophy.
Lane Kiffin is not a great coach, and may not even be a good coach. He may also not be a great recruiter. People much closer to the USC program than I am say that recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron should really get the credit for the Trojans' great 2013 class.
Note to Kiffin: blaming your players for the loss instead of manning up to poor coaching decisions and lack of proper preparation is very unattractive. You might want to check who is more popular in southern California—you or Matt Barkley—before you mouth off again.
But it's also unattractive to kick a good team when it's down, so let's be clear that USC is by no means finished for the year. History tells us that plenty of one-loss teams have gone on to the National Championship game.
It still comes down to Nov. 3.