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USC QB's Heisman hopes still alive, says Kiffin

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08:19 AM ET 09.28 | Perhaps the open weekend has helped put USC coach Lane Kiffin in a more reflective frame of mind this week. [Kiffin] says he doesn't believe Matt Barkley's Heisman campaign has been hurt by the Trojans quarterback's lack of standout statistics so far this season. He also doesn't think Barkley's campaign will suffer because of USC's early-season loss to Stanford. Asked Thursday on 710 ESPN's "ESPNLA Now" radio show if he felt he was putting Barkley's chase for the Heisman on the backburner by going away from the pass. "I wouldn't say that," Kiffin told hosts Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson. "The way you'd put Matt Barkley's Heisman hopes on that backburner is lose three or four games. ... Matt understands that and Matt wants to win games, so that's what we're gonna do."

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September 28, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Well...there you go. Kiffin says so must be true....

::in 12PAC fan voice::

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September 28, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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Cant wait to see the ESPin... Trees lost to UW is better than LUSs win over Aubie..Oh wait

I was surprised that Stanford lost to the Huskies, but again maybe this is the year of upsets.

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September 28, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Lane is going to resign and become Barkley's agent. That way they can remain lovers after Barkely is gone.

September 28, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Barkley has a chance to get back in the discussion, and Collin Klein should be in the discussion now.

September 28, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Barkley is a good QB who still has a shot at the Heisman, with two big obstacles:
1) They have to get his O line protection fixed
2) They have to get past a November 24 loss to the Irish!

September 28, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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Barkley is a good QB who still has a shot at the Heisman, with two big obstacles:
1) They have to get his O line protection fixed
2) They have to get past a November 24 loss to the Irish!

3) ESPiN has to get back on board

September 28, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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I for one see no front runner at this time.

Me either...someone's gonna have to back into it.

September 28, 2012  09:18 AM ET

So in other words the way you help Matt's chances for the Heisman is to not let him throw the ball, just hand off to the RB's. Well that should boast his confidence.

September 28, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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Me either...someone's gonna have to back into it.

Manti Te'o

September 28, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Manti Te'o

Good as any right now.

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September 28, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Barkley is a good QB who still has a shot at the Heisman, with two big obstacles:1) They have to get his O line protection fixed2) They have to get past a November 24 loss to the Irish!

And (#3) they have to beat the Ducks at least once!!!!

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