2. This is NOT the way USC needed to play in the new world of the Clay Helton era
Maybe we’ll find out later that Urban Meyer was available because he was waiting for the right NFL job.
Maybe we’ll find out that James Franklin wasn’t a possibility, or Chris Petersen really does need to recharge, or there just isn’t another possibility or …
Clay Helton is a good guy with a ton of talent returning to a team that came up with a solid season.
However, after all the screaming, and all of the controversy. and all of the social media problems with the program keeping Helton …
Iowa 49, USC 24.
You CAN’T have a performance like this if you’re trying to show everyone that the program is going in the right direction.
USC outgained Iowa 356 yards to 328, but it was a -3 in turnover margin, it was dominated by almost seven minutes in time of possession, it couldn’t handle the Iowa defensive front, and it looked way too sloppy.
All the passing is pretty, and the pieces really are there to be a player in the Pac-12 race.
It’s going to be a really, really long offseason to get there, though.