July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; University of Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley talks to the media at PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The USC Trojans have Heisman Trophy favorite Matt Barkley. Can Barkley stay on top of the pack all season?
Matt Barkley of the USC Trojans is making the media rounds before the season begins. His decision to come back for his senior season catapulted USC from a rebuilding session to a national championship frontrunner. Barkley has all the necessary weapons to beat everyone, from Curtis McNeal and Silas Redd in the backfield to Marqise Lee and Robert Woods lined up on the outside to a great offensive line protecting him up front. It's the cushiest position of any Heisman Trophy contender.
Dan Rubenstein of SB Nation Studios breaks it down and talks about the attributes to Barkley's campaign. He'll be on TV a lot, his team will win a lot, and a national championship berth probably locks it up. If there are drawbacks to this campaign, it's that he is the favorite and it's quite possible he bombs out of this campaign. If any other player behind him has a phenomenal season, it could overshadow Barkley's consistent and excellent production, and soon there will be holes poked into his candidacy.