August 19, 2012
Many questioned USC star QB Matt Barkley’s decision to not leave for the NFL after his junior season, but he said he wanted to come back for a shot at a national title — and with the preseason No. 1 ranking, the Trojans are in prime position to do just that.
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Two years after being heavily sanctioned by the NCAA, USC is back atop the AP Top 25, while UGA debuts at No. 6 and FSU at No. 7.