USC entered the Emerald Bowl letting everyone know that "this wasn't the last game of 2009, it was the first game of 2010."
If that's the case, then the Trojans QB and defensive woes of 2009 will be cured in the 2010 season.
Freshman QB Matt Barkley decided to cash in on the Freshman-Crazed QB performances thus far by adding 350 of his own passing yards to the mix. Though he also had two interceptions, Barkley's performance should give him more confidence heading into 2010, where the Trojans will expect to compete for a national championship, yet again.
Personally, I think the Trojans won't even be in the national title discussion by November of next year. I think that they will improve in 2010, but a Pac 10 conference championship may be all that's in their cards. I can't see them competing with Alabama next year.
As for Boston College, the loss caps off a season that may have exceeded many peoples expectations. I don't expect the Eagles to compete realistically in the ACC next year. I think it's Miami's conference to lose heading in to 2010.
And thus, the Emerald Bowl is in the books; USC 24, Boston College 13. A closer game than some anticipated.