USC Football 2011: Best Things About This Season

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USC Football 2011: Best Things About This Season
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The No. 9* USC Trojans (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) finished strong and obliterated the so-called South division champs, the UCLA Bruins (6-6, 5-4 Pac-12), 50-0 on Saturday night.

It has been one of the best seasons in USC history even though the NCAA took away the opportunity to compete in championship games.

The Trojans showed the NCAA that you can unfairly sanction the players who had nothing to do with one player’s violations over six years ago, but they showed the rest of college football that you cannot keep the Trojans down no matter how much they are handicapped.

The Pac-12 “championship” game has become a joke with UCLA playing at Oregon next Friday. USC has beaten the South and North division “champs” the past two weeks and is playing as well as any team in the nation.

This is karma for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who did nothing to support USC with the NCAA unlike the Big Ten and SEC commissioners, who supported their colleges.

The Trojans will end the season a Top 10 team and could start next season as a Top Five team if QB Matt Barkley and his fellow juniors return for a run at a national championship.

Very few expected a 10-win season this year, so what are the best things about it?

*Week 14 AP ranking

P.S. USC ended up No. 6 in the final AP Poll.

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