USC Football: Eight Reasons Why Matt Barkley Can Beat Andrew Luck

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USC Football: Eight Reasons Why Matt Barkley Can Beat Andrew Luck
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The USC Trojans host the Stanford Cardinal on Oct. 29 during Week 9 of the 2011 college football season.  This will be a featured game between two of the favorites from the Pac-12 South and North divisions, both led by their junior quarterbacks and preseason Heisman candidates.

Both Matt Barkley for USC and Andrew Luck for Stanford have been starters since their freshmen years, although Luck is a redshirt and Barkley started as a true freshman.

Barkley is the undisputed leader of the USC football team.  He is the only returning team captain and he has been leading the Trojans' winter workouts.

These teams last met on Oct. 9, 2010 at Palo Alto, when Stanford won 37-35 on a last-second field goal after their timekeeper manipulated the time clock several times and the referees ignored it. 

Yahoo Sports called this one of the five worst calls of 2010.  This win helped Stanford realize a 12-1 record with a 40-12 win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

USC finished behind Stanford in third place in the Pac-10 with an overall 8-5 record. Three plays kept the Trojans from an 11-2 record.  USC was handicapped with only 71 scholarship players due to NCAA sanctions and this created depth problems, affecting practices and games.

The 2011 game should be another close one.  But this time Stanford won’t have its own timekeeper and the Pac-12 referees have been upgraded.

Both teams have holes to fill, but USC should be a stronger team and Stanford a weaker one compared to 2010.  Here are the reasons that Matt Barkley can beat Andrew Luck.

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