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Clay Helton, USC Keeps Playing With Fire

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USC has only played two games this season. In both of those games, the Trojans have needed some late-game magic to pull out a victory. They are now 2-0 on the year, but should they be? It is a question worth asking.

First, it was against Arizona State in Week 1. Despite being down 27-14 with only 4:34 left in the fourth quarter, USC managed to score twice in the final minutes to steal a 28-27 victory. It was a wild finish, but we might need to get used to it.

On Saturday, the Trojans played another team from Arizona — this time, it was the Wildcats. After a back-and-forth fourth quarter, USC allowed Arizona to score a touchdown to take a 27-23 lead with only 1:35 left on the clock.

And for the second consecutive week, quarterback Kedon Slovis led the offense on a game-winning touchdown drive of his own. Granted, this week it was an 8-yard rushing score from running back Vavae Malepeai, but Slovis was 5-for-5 for 67 yards on that final drive.

It was an epic finish for the Trojans. But at some point, coach Clay Helton’s squad needs to position itself where a late score isn’t needed to secure a win. It is playing with fire, and that is going to bite them at some point.

For now, USC remains a top 25 team with an undefeated record. The rest of the schedule isn’t overly difficult with Utah, Colorado, Washington State and UCLA left. But at the same time, there wasn’t a lot of people out there who thought the two Arizona schools would give them trouble.

If things begin falling in the other direction, we might need to start talking Urban Meyer to USC again.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Yeah, USC has been fortunate twice as large favorites. Not a well coached team. I think there is something wrong with Slovis(maybe labrum?). His passes are floating, looks like he’s shot-putting.

    The new DC Todd Orlando from Texas is hit and miss. The secondary is looks fine, but yards on the ground are pretty easy to come by.

    Biggest problem is Helton is over his skis coaching USC and has been for all five years, except one good year with Darnold, who got worse in his second season. Yes, please bring Urban on. He can hire Matt and Reggie, his co-hosts, if they’d like

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