Who has the most at stake (player or coach) over the next few weeks?
Chantel Jennings (national college football reporter): Clay Helton. Making midseason changes is always risky, so USC will need to show offensive progress with him at the helm of the play-calling duties. If the group continues to sputter, it’ll be a reflection of the decision-making of Helton. If the unit shows progress, it’ll be a reflection of the decision-making of Helton.
Doug Haller (Arizona State football reporter): USC coach Clay Helton. By program standards, this team is struggling. Attendance isn’t great. If the Trojans win the South and put up a good showing in the Pac-12 Championship Game, then all is probably forgiven. If they stumble, losing to Cal or UCLA or both, this could get ugly.
Antonio Morales (USC football reporter): Clay Helton. USC’s season has been hectic, the team has underperformed, Helton has already needed to make staff changes, and I don’t think many people would be stunned if he wasn’t the head coach next season. Winning a division title, while starting a true freshman at quarterback, would strengthen his cause, though.