USC Football: Comparing Matt Barkley's 2012 to Carson Palmer's Heisman Year

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USC Football: Comparing Matt Barkley's 2012 to Carson Palmer's Heisman Year
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Matt Barkley started the season as the undisputed Heisman favorite. Since then, he’s fallen off the radar a bit, somewhat unfairly.

His numbers aren’t as good as last year’s; that much is true. Geno Smith of West Virginia and other candidates are putting up great seasons.  But Barkley’s 2012 season would be considered great without the hype and expectation he entered 2012 with.

Similarly, USC’s Heisman-winning QB Carson Palmer’s senior season wasn’t going that well at first.  In fact, Palmer’s Heisman buzz didn’t get started until the sixth week of the 2002 season when the Trojans, then 3-2, went on what is now a legendary tear through their schedule.

Let’s take a look at Matt Barkley and Carson Palmer’s senior seasons and how they compare:

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