Colorado vs. USC: Takeaways from Trojans' Demolition of Buffaloes

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIOctober 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans holds the sword  and conducts the band after the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 20,2012  in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 50-6.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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People have forgotten about the Trojans from USC.

At No. 10, the Trojans still have an opportunity to make some noise down the stretch with a difficult, resume-building schedule. 

On Saturday, the Trojans destroyed the Buffaloes of Colorado en route to a 50-6 victory. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the blowout: 


Offense is Clicking at the Right Time

Matt Barkley passed for six touchdowns, Robert Woods caught four touchdown passes and Marqise Lee caught one against the Buffaloes on Saturday. 

Barkley and the USC offense have struggled at times this season, but they are clicking at the right time heading into the toughest stretch of their 2012 campaign.

Arizona (3-3), Oregon (7-0), Arizona State (5-2), UCLA (5-2) and Notre Dame (7-0) are the remaining opponents on USC's schedule. 

Barkley has been hot in the past three games, passing for 10 touchdowns and only one interception. Lee and Woods have combined to make one of the most lethal receiving tandems in college football.

With an average defense, it is paramount that Barkley, Woods and Lee are on top of their game because the Trojans will need to win games on the offensive side of the ball.

After these past three games (112 points scored) USC is heading into the difficult stretch on a high note. 


Has Matt Barkley Put His Name Back into Heisman Discussion?

Barkley isn't quite there yet, but there is plenty of season to be played. With quality opponents ahead, Barkley has a chance to rise up the ladder in the Heisman discussion.

Saturday was a great welcome-back-to-the-Heisman-conversation performance. He went 19-of-20 for six touchdowns and no interceptions. He currently has 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.

With teams like Oregon and Notre Dame on the schedule, he has a great opportunity to put his name back in the mix if his team can win out. 


Colorado Was Just Another Poor Team

USC hasn't beaten any team worthy of note this season. Hawaii, Syracuse, California, Utah and Colorado are all teams that are under .500 this season. Washington is only 3-3.

Nothing this year suggests that USC is as good as it was ranked to begin the season. The Trojans have struggled against mediocre teams, lost to a team that has two losses already—including one vs. Washington—and they don't have a victory against a team above .500.

Saturday was just another reminder that USC might be in trouble when it reaches its upcoming difficult stretch of games.