Matt Barkley is anticipating what he called “a blast of a weekend.”
And why shouldn’t he? USC’s senior quarterback, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, will celebrate his 22nd birthday Saturday -- on a huge stage.
As part of what is already a football-crazed week at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets, Barkley leads second-ranked USC (1-0) against Syracuse (0-1) in a game dubbed as “New York’s College Classic.”
On Wednesday, Tony Romo led the Dallas Cowboys over Eli Manning and the Giants. Barkley and USC invade on Saturday. And former Trojan Mark Sanchez will start for the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday — with Tim Tebow waiting in the wings.