Can OU, FSU, Oregon avoid USC's fate?
September, 19, 2012
By Travis Haney | ESPN Insider
Jim Cowsert/US PresswireLandry Jones will have to step up his game against Kansas State this weekend.It didn't take long for the national championship picture to change shape. USC isn't out of it -- it's September; no one this side of Colorado is -- but the Trojans' hopes took a significant hit Saturday at Stanford.
Lane Kiffin's team, primarily because of its star power on offense, was thought to be the lead contender in providing America with a champion outside of the SEC. Then it actually played someone.
Hawaii and Syracuse revealed something about the Trojans, but Stanford exposed weaknesses -- like the O-line's inability to protect Matt Barkley -- that weren't even previously perceived.