After missing the last game of the season for the Trojans, quarterback and top draft prospect Matt Barkley is looking to end his college career on a high note. Head coach Lane Kiffin said that he fully expects his quarterback to be ready to start the Sun Bowl on December 31st.
“He hasn’t gone to a bowl game the last couple years, so it’s a chance to go to one and finish off strong for him and for the senior class,” Kiffin said. “It’s a great opportunity for us.”
FOr the Trojans, and for Barkley, the bowl game will be bitter sweet. It’s the first time in a while that the Trojans have been bowl eligible and while it will be great to see the senior class finally get into a bowl game, it’s not quite the one they wanted to be in. USC entered this season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coach’s poll and they were expected to make a serious run at a title.
At the very least, most experts thought the Trojans would end up in a BCS bowl in some capacity but instead USC will be playing their final game before January.
But for Kiffin, he says that just playing in a bowl game after the previous sanctions is enough for him right now. He’s either saying this because it truly is nice to actually play in a bowl game or he’s trying to inflate it’s worth.
“Especially after two years of sitting at home and not being able to go to a bowl game, we’re excited,” Kiffin said. “We’re excited about a very good bowl and a great matchup, and we’re ready to go to work.”
The Trojans will be playing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Sun Bowl on December 31st.