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USC needs 'A' game

Matt Barkley is back, but the Trojans' "A" game isn't.

As reassuring as it was to see USC's quarterback perform like a Heisman Trophy candidate again and to have Lane Kiffin remember his guys actually are capable of throwing and catching long passes, the lingering feeling after the 38-28 victory at Utah was that we still haven't seen this team play anywhere near its capabilities.

Did it show character coming back from that near-disastrous 0-14 start? Check. Did its underrated defense dispense yet another solid game? Check.