Five Storylines: USC 

September, 6, 2012
Each week we will take a look at five important storylines heading into Saturday's game. Here are some things to watch for at the Trojans travel to New York to take on Syracuse.

1. Matt Barkley in the Big Apple: One of college football’s marquee players in the biggest media market of them all. The spotlight will be bright and America will get an up-close look at how real it is with Barkley, on and off the field. There will also be talk of a possible return to the city for the Heisman Trophy ceremony in December.

2. Establishing the run game: The Trojans only rushed for 81 yards against Hawaii, not a bad number but certainly one that Lane Kiffin wants to improve on in the coming weeks. Don’t be surprised if Curtis McNeal gets a lot of early touches.