2012 USC Trojans: Matt Barkley and the Season's 6 Biggest Disappointments

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2012 USC Trojans: Matt Barkley and the Season's 6 Biggest Disappointments
Lane Kiffin leaves the field following USC's third loss of the season

Disappointment is defined as a failure to meet expectations. 

Perhaps this season’s expectations were a bit overly inflated.

Maybe they were housing-market inflated.

After all, USC remains in the midst of its “timeout” as ordered by ex-AD of the U, the late Paul Dee. The Trojans are handicapped with 10 fewer scholarships per year and just finished their two year bowl ban. 

But thanks to last year's win at Oregon, as well as an absolute annihilation of UCLA, USC found itself back in the good graces of the media, darlings of the dance once more. 

Yes, USC began the season ranked #1 with national title hopes and crystal football trophy dreams.

Matt Barkley and company's list of "unfinished business" included invitations to New York City's Marriott Marquis for December 8th's Heisman Ceremony as well as Miami's Sun Life Stadium for January 7th's BCS title game.

Nine games into the season and the Trojans are a disastrous 6-3. They are one loss away from oblivion. In fact, no pre-season #1 has fallen further than #16 since 1964.  

USC has three games remaining on it's regular season schedule; each posing a stout challenge.

Arizona State has the #7 ranked pass defense in the country. Notre Dame is undefeated, and along with Alabama, leads the nation in numerous defensive categories.

And UCLA, currently in the driver seat for the PAC-12 South title, boasts the 11th ranked offense in the nation and is ranked ahead of the Trojans for the first time in over a decade. 

This season has all the elements of an epic disaster movie.

Here is a breakdown of the 6 biggest letdowns of the Trojan's season thus far. 

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