Would a loss to Notre Dame put USC coach Clay Helton on the hot seat?

The USC Trojans are ranked No. 11 in the country, are the favorites to win the Pac-12 South and have a good chance of winning the Pac-12 title this season. However, there are those around the USC program that believe that Clay Helton’s job could be at risk if the Trojans do not make a run at the College Football Playoff.

USC has won 15 of its last 16 games and are coming off a season in which they won the Rose Bowl. That, in theory, should give any coach some job security. However, the Trojans are expected to compete for national titles every year. With a loss to Washington State and a plethora of close games thus far in 2017, it seems as though there are some rumblings about the coaching position at USC.

Los Angeles Daily News writer Scott Wolf wrote on Friday that a loss to Notre Dame could put Helton at risk of losing his job:

But a loss to the Irish could make the Trojans vulnerable, and believe it or not, put a lot of heat on USC coach Clay Helton.

This might seem absurd because USC has won 15 of its past 16 games and 14 straight at the Coliseum. But there are plenty of rumblings inside Heritage Hall that Athletic Director Lynn Swann is not enamored with Helton.

And a late-season collapse that results in three or four losses this season would probably give Swann the necessary cover if he wanted to make a coaching change.

It would seem unwise for USC to even consider a coaching change after the amount of turnover the program has seen since the departure of Pete Carroll. Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian did not bring the program back to its former glory, while Helton at least seems to have the Trojans on the right path.

The Trojans are 4 point underdogs as they travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on the N0. 12 Fighting Irish. The two teams will renew their rivalry on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

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