After a bye-week practice Saturday, USC Coach Clay Helton retreated to the football offices to work on the game plan for the Trojans’ next opponent, California.
Two potentially season-altering games were being played as he worked. Because of two early losses in Pac-12 Conference play, USC (4-3, 3-2 in the Pac-12) can’t win the South division without help. Utah and Colorado are each ahead in the standings. And each were locked in tight games.
So Helton was monitoring. How closely?
"Want the truth?” Helton said. “Very closely. I was game-planning as well as having a couple TVs on. And cheering loud for their opponents."
The bye week...