USC Football: Could the Trojans Really Hang with Teams Like Alabama or LSU?

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USC Football: Could the Trojans Really Hang with Teams Like Alabama or LSU?
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Before the 2012 football season began, I originally thought that if any team could end the SEC's five-year national title streak, the USC Trojans would be just the team to do it. I guess I figured that if any quarterback could dissect the defenses of the SEC powerhouses, Matt Barkley would be just the guy for the job.

After just three games into the season, however, the Trojans have not looked as good as advertised at all, as they lost against Stanford for the fourth straight year and have allowed opponents to gain just about as many yards as they have been able to generate themselves. 

Assuming this wasn't the case and the Trojans went undefeated in the regular season, would they actually be able to compete against powerhouse SEC teams like LSU or Alabama in the BCS national championship game? 

Here are five reasons why they wouldn't be able to hang with the "big boys" of college football. 

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