There is a school of thought within the Pac-12 Conference that this could be the season that catches up with Clay Helton.
You could pinpoint things like the offensive line or even some ordinary aspects of the defense.
But some of it goes back to last season, when USC eked out some victories it easily could have lost and probably would have dropped more games if not for the COVID-shortened season.
“With everything going on there, sooner or later it has to catch up (with Helton),” a Pac-12 coach said. “I’m not sure how formidable they will be compared to some recent teams that had a lot of talent even if it didn’t always look like it.”