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Matt Barkley to miss game against Notre Dame

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10:16 PM ET 11.18 | The speculation is over. After numerous reports indicated that USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley suffered a separated shoulder in the team's loss to UCLA, it has been confirmed that Barkley suffered a sprain of the AC joint. For those unfamiliar with shoulder injuries, a sprain is the same as a separation. We initially heard of the shoulder separation immediately following the game, but the news has now come from the man with one of the strictest injury policies in the nation -- USC head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin told the media today that Barkley would not play for the Trojans when they face off against the No. 1 team in the nation next weekend. USC will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish but their chances of upsetting the top-ranked team took a serious hit with the news on Barkley's shoulder. In Barkley's absence, redshirt freshman Max Wittek will get the start.

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November 19, 2012  12:22 AM ET

This game can save our season. Max can establish us for next year. We still have talent on both sides of the ball. The domer road to Miami comes to a screeching halt this Saturday!!!!!!!!!!

November 19, 2012  12:23 AM ET
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I agree...I think you all have a shot.... even though its not looking to good....Wittek just cant throw INTS at the rate MB was

No way. They'd have been lucky to beat ND with Barkley.

Without Barkley, the Trogans ain't got a snowball's chance in hell of winning that game.

November 19, 2012  12:33 AM ET
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No way. They'd have been lucky to beat ND with Barkley.Without Barkley, the Trogans ain't got a snowball's chance in hell of winning that game.

Lost season, nothing-to-lose game. Perfect stage for Wittek to show us what lies ahead for the Trojans.

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November 19, 2012  12:41 AM ET

until Monty is gone lane is screwed

November 19, 2012  03:12 AM ET
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LOL...ND is a good team... They have scrapped by all season against teams with lesser talent

With that awful defense and without Barkley, the Trogans ARE a "team with lesser talent" right now.

I'm not a fan of either team; I'm just callin' it like I see it. I do not claim to be infallible.

November 19, 2012  06:50 AM ET

Help me out, here.
What are the implications of playing a "redshirt freshman?" What does that mean with regard to his college eligibility?

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November 19, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Tough way to end your senior season. Hope he makes a full recovery.

November 19, 2012  09:20 AM ET

How about UCLA? Anyone see that coming? Other than Sumlin, Mora may be the best CFB hire out there. Amazing what a change coach has done for this program.

November 19, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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How about UCLA? Anyone see that coming? Other than Sumlin, Mora may be the best CFB hire out there. Amazing what a change coach has done for this program.

Mora definitely one of the bear hires last year. I seem to remember a lot of skepticism from the "experts" when he was hired. It will be I interesting to see how well he recruits.

November 19, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Mora definitely one of the bear hires last year. I seem to remember a lot of skepticism from the "experts" when he was hired. It will be I interesting to see how well he recruits.

Best, not bear

November 19, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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How about UCLA? Anyone see that coming? Other than Sumlin, Mora may be the best CFB hire out there. Amazing what a change coach has done for this program.

Given the circumstances, I'm impressed with the job Bill O'Brien has done, as well.

November 19, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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Given the circumstances, I'm impressed with the job Bill O'Brien has done, as well.

Agree on O'Brien, but the challenge will be the next five years.

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