SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly of No. 9 Notre Dame knows a little how his Southern California counterpart Clay Helton might feel as their teams prepare for their 91st meeting Saturday night.
"What was the over-under that I'd make 10 USC games?" the Fighting Irish coach joked about whispers of his job security despite two 12-0 regular seasons, a trip to the national championship game in 2013 and a playoff berth last season.
The coaching seat always seems warm at these two storied programs and, at the moment, it's Helton's turn. His unranked Trojans (3-2) would get a huge boost with a win against Notre Dame (4-1), which is a 10 ½-point favorite.
The 47-year-old Helton, who is 35-19 with 12 victories over Top 25 teams since being named coach in 2015