Andrew Luck. Robert Griffin III. Johnny Manziel. All elite quarterbacks from the state of Texas whom the Longhorns didn't offer or land, which exacerbates the signal-caller problems the Longhorns have had since Colt McCoy graduated.
USC's last loss was last October in triple overtime to Stanford. But that defeat might have been the inspiration for USC's returned swagger.
Denard Robinson's passing numbers under center are shockingly efficient. It's a small sample size, but rating actually is better than Andrew Luck's at Stanford last season.
Steve Bisheff laments certain coaching decisions and the lack of defense in bowls, while still wondering why Boise State was excluded from the BCS.
Steve Bisheff wonders if Heisman snub brings Matt Barkley back, expresses surprise at the winner and wonders what the Lakers are doing.
Matt Barkley has had gaudy stretches, but hasn't gotten the continous hype of Trent Richardson or Andrew Luck.
Steve Bisheff wonders how much attention Matt Barkley would get if he wasn't in the same conference as Andrew Luck and sings the praises of Boise State QB Kellen Moore.
After a rough final season under Pete Carroll in 2009 and an uneven performance last season, the Trojans look to be back on the right track. And the Kiffins are a big reason why.
On Friday, the five biggest keys to beating Stanford were identified. How did USC do in executing that plan?
If life was fair, there wouldn't have been a loser Saturday night. USC was saddled with that label but did a lot to excite its fans about the future.
It may come as little consolation right now, but USC's performance in its triple-overtime loss to Stanford is one to be proud of.
Yes, Stanford has a star quarterback in Andrew Luck, but how USC deals with the Cardinal's physicality is the biggest key to Saturday's game.
Stanford comes into Saturday's game with USC with the longest winning streak in the nation. Kyle Williams points out the five keys in halting it.
Matt Barkley and Andrew Luck are elite quarterbacks, but having star signal-callers is not a new thing for USC and Stanford.
He is big. He is fast. He is smart. He can throw. Despite all that, it's not impossible for the USC defense to slow Stanford QB Andrew Luck.
Steve Bisheff raves about Andrew Luck and Oregon's ability to overcome injuries while wondering what happened to Tony LaRussa in Game 5.