You could make a legitimate argument that NO team in college football was playing better at the end of last season than USC. After a 1-3 start, Coach Clay Helton’s team was 1-3 and Helton’s seat as the Trojans’ coach was getting warmer.

And then…..freshman QB Sam Darnold found a starting job, his skill set and his confidence level.  The Trojans did not lose again for the remainder of the season, ending their year with a wild 52-49 win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Darnold established himself as the QB of the present and future, entering this season as a prime Heisman contender. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.