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QB Matt Barkley Expected to Start Sun Bowl for US Trojans


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.

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