A reader tweeted me this comment: “The haters will lose their minds if we win the Pac12 this year w/o Sam (Darnold).”
My response was it would hardly be a huge accomplishment to win the Pac-12 when you have perhaps the most-hyped quarterback ever at USC. Besides, this is the Pac-12. It ain’t exactly the SEC. Remember, teams like Arizona have gotten to the Pac-12 title game. And Stanford was pretty close to beating USC in last year’s game with KJ Costello at quarterback.
I fully admit saying repeatedly that Clay Helton lived off Sam Darnold the past two years. But any USC coach can win Pac-12 games with superior talent. Let’s see if Helton can make USC a College Football Playoff contender, however, now that Darnold is not around to perform miracles in the fourth quarter.