Part of that unfinished business must mean defeating Stanford, a team Barkley and the Trojans have lost to for three straight seasons now, but the senior won't lead on that this game might hold a little more meaning than the rest of the schedule.
"It's just another game," he said after practice on Tuesday. "We've got to beat them. That's my approach to the game."
Stanford moved to No. 20 in the AP Poll after defeating Duke 50-13. Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes, tasked with stepping in for NFL departed Andrew Luck, threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns against the Blue Devils.
No. 2 USC lost to Stanford in triple over-time just a season ago, a loss USC Coach Lane Kiffin says the Trojans have put behind them. "Every season is new," he said. "Every year's different. Every team's new. They've got a lot of new people, we have new people."
"I'm not hyped up for this game more than last week or a bowl game or something like that," Barkley said. "We're trying to make the most of this and are trying to beat our opponent as much as we can."