After weathering the storm of a 1-3 SU/ATS start, USC finished last season with nine straight wins; seven of which covered the number. The Trojans won't start 1-3 this season with three of four at home including Week 1's opener vs. Western Michigan. Head coach Clay Helton though
. Despite playing host to Stanford in Week 2 and then Texas in Week 3, Helton sounds as if he's hellbent on crushing everyone. The betting markets are on board with that concept: USC opened -23.5 over WMU and was bet up to -27.
Appearing on CBS Sports Radio last week, Helton noted that toward the end of last season, “everybody was talking about us at the end of the year, ‘Oh yeah, you’re probably one of the best four teams. Maybe you were a playoff team.’
“Well, the reality is we were a three-loss team, and that’s not going to get you into the playoffs,” Helton said. “What we learned as a team and as a football family is every dang game counts.”