USC has not played Oregon at the Coliseum since 2016 and the Ducks are ranked No. 7 in the nation with a quarterback projected to be one of the top picks in the NFL draft.
So why isn’t the game being discussed as a hot ticket this week?
I’m told some USC officials will be happy if 60,000 show up for the game. Now when I say 60,000, I mean 60,000. Not some fake number that gets announced to the public.
USC is averaging 57,246 per game but I haven’t seen that many people at a single game this season. The Arizona attendance (53,826) seemed to be inflated by at least 10,000.
The fact is Clay Helton has drained the enthusiasm of the fans. Will a new athletic director consider this a factor on whether to retain him? Will he even be aware of it if he gets hired in the next four weeks and needs to make a quick decision on Helton?
- The Pac-12 has not offered one officiating clarification/statement on any of its 30 conference football games this season. This column questions that policy.
- USC has offered a scholarship to Jayden de Laura, a three-star QB from St. Louis High School in Honolulu. He has committed to Washington State.