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As I introduce this slide, understand that I am and have been a Trojan fan my whole life. This loss was especially hard, as the Men of Troy have been hearing all week how they could not and would not be able to overcome the stereotype of being able to win the "next game" to a lesser in-conference opponent after coming off a big win, or any win for that matter.
They did not help this argument Saturday night.
This year the Trojans are in a position they rarely have found themselves in during the Pete Carroll era: without a dominant starter at QB. While the Trojans do have impressive depth at the running back position, they could not find their rhythm, and Joe McKnight, who is often compared to Reggie Bush, once again had trouble holding on to the football with two fumbles lost.
Also, Matt Barkley, who the Trojan Nation is claiming to be the "chosen" one, was out due to a shoulder injury he received during the Ohio State game. Aaron Corp had his opportunity to shine but fell flat, and we can expect to see Barkley at the No. 1 spot next week if he can play.
The Trojans historically do well the rest of the season after the one loss that always keeps them on the outside of the BCS title game, but Carroll and his Trojans are going have to reevaluate this offense and hope they can find their game before they have a legitimate shot at another title run.
Trojans: **Cringing** Pretenders