Texas vs. USC Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Texas vs. USC fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas (1-1) vs. USC (2-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16th
Game Time: 8:30 pm ET
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
For people of a certain age, when it comes to a discussion of college football’s all-time greatest games and moments, these two provided it.
It seems sort of crazy that for two of the game’s biggest powerhouses and most storied programs, this is just the sixth meeting with the last one the all-timer epic 2006 Rose Bowl for the national championship.
Texas obviously won that, but USC took home the previous four, spread out from 1955 to 1967.
There might not be a Vince Young, or a Reggie Bush, or a Matt Leinart, or a Mack Brown or Pete Carroll this time around, but this is still going to be special when it comes to putting together the 2017 College Football Playoff puzzle.
Texas fizzled in Tom Herman’s debut against Maryland and rocked against San Jose State, but this is it. This is the showdown against the big, splashy, brand-name team that Herman seemed to thrive on when he was at Houston.
Win this, and Maryland no longer matters. Lose, and with dates with Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State to follow a road game at Iowa State, and it could potentially be a long, long, long first half of the season.
USC did its part in the conference statement game it had to have against Stanford last week, looking every bit the part of a possible CFP national title contender with all the parts working.
However, with four of the next six games on the road – as winnable as they all are – closing out the three-game homestead to kick things off would be big.
And if it happens that this turns into another classic that can stand on its own, that would be fine, too.
One Reason Why Texas Will Win
Sam Darnold will screw up.
He might be the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he might have been magnificent throughout the win over Stanford, but Darnold also threw two interceptions for the second game in a row.
Ball security has always been Darnold’s one big issue, and in a game like this when Texas will need several breaks and easy chances to keep up, winning the turnover margin is a must.
The Longhorn secondary can play. The defense started to tackle last week against San Jose State, and a slew of the issues against Maryland – making plays at the point of attack, yards after the catch, wrong angles – appeared to be cleaned up a bit.
As long as the great Longhorn O line can power away for Chris Warren – he cranked up 166 yards and two scores against the Spartans – and the D can keep Darnold from going off, the formula might just be there to pull this off. However …
One Reason Why USC Will Win
To make Darnold screw up, first you have to get to him.
The USC offensive line has been a bear so far, allowing just one Stanford sack last week and doing an amazing job of springing Ronald Jones II and Stephen Carr as part of a 307-yard rushing day.
The Texas defense stopped San Jose State – yippee. It still has to prove it can handle a real offense with real speed and real talent, and it still has to prove there’s a pass rush.
The D has yet to release the hounds, with a mere ten tackles for loss on the season and just seven sacks. If the USC playmakers get time to work without getting bothered, it’ll be uh-oh time right away.
What’s Going To Happen
Texas, isn’t this why you got Tom Herman? Doesn’t 2016 Houston find a way to win this game?
The world will be in love with USC this week – helped out a bit by the painful over-the-top gushing from the FOX broadcast of the win over Stanford. This is obviously a great team with a whole lot of juice after pounding away on the Cardinal, but be very, very careful here.
Texas has a whole lot of talent and a whole lot of attitude – it’s going to come into this game as the disrespected underdog, and interesting things happened the last time that happened when these two met.
USC will win in a wild and crazy firefight, but Texas will push the Trojan defense hard with a crisp passing attack and more than enough home runs to show that this season might just turn out to be better than it looked a few weeks ago.
Texas vs. USC Prediction
USC 45, Texas 37
USC -17.5, o/u: 67
5: Deshaun Watson – 1: Tom Savage … 3.5
Must See Rating
5: Miss Louisiana’s act – 1: This Is Us … 4