Week 3 Five Thoughts: 2) Maybe USC & Texas Are Just Okay, But ...

Week 3 Five Thoughts: 2) Maybe USC & Texas Are Just Okay, But ...

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Week 3 Five Thoughts: 2) Maybe USC & Texas Are Just Okay, But ...

Did Texas just expose USC as overrated?


It was an amazing double-overtime game. But what if USC and Texas just aren’t that great?



Week 3 Five Thoughts: 2) Maybe USC & Texas Are Just Okay, But …

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It was great. It was thrilling. It was everything we could’ve asked for and far, far more. However …

Allow for the district possibility that 1) Texas is still no big deal and it 2) just exposed USC as overrated and overblown.

We need USC and Texas to be great. We want them to be great. But it’s possible that they’re just not. Or, at least, not as good as we just saw.

Apparently, running over Stanford isn’t all that big a deal now that San Diego State just did it, but that performance by the Trojans a few weeks ago fueled the desperate hopes that USC is back to being USC.

No one wants to hear it because he really is No. 1-overall-pick fantastic, but Sam Darnold has turnover problems.

The Trojans keep getting flagged, the special teams are just okay, the pass rush is merely fine, and for all the flash, dash, and greatness, they just aren’t Alabama or Clemson – at least for right now.

And maybe there should be a wee bit of a concern that, all of a sudden, USC is the one team in the last three seasons that Texas could tackle.

I’m hoping USC is amazing – college football is a whole lot more fun when the rest of America cares about a Pac-12 team,  especially this one.

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And I’m hoping that this performance by the Longhorns is a springboard to a terrific era under Tom Herman.

I’m hoping this is the start of something huge that eventually leads to showdowns on bigger stages with true playoff implications, because these two matter.

Who plays in front of a sellout in the Coliseum? That just doesn’t happen.

Texas-USC became the far more interesting game on a night when the defending national champs were facing the defending Heisman winner, and it became the game everyone was buzzing about the next day.

And now we’ll see just how real that thriller in L.A. really was.

If Texas loses at Iowa State next week – don’t blow this off; it’s very, very possible – and with Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State to follow, there might not be any pixie dust being sprinkled over the first half of the Longhorn season.

USC has to finally hit the road with two dangerous dates at Cal and Washington State up next. With road games at Notre Dame and Colorado to deal with, and with Utah and UCLA at home, it’s not going to be an easy walk in the park.

But we had last Saturday night’s thriller.

Remember, Notre Dame and Texas played one of the great games of last season. Don’t forget, Stanford blew out USC early last year, and then was totally average the rest of the way.

No one cares. We got USC 27, Texas 24 in double overtime.

We got USC and Texas doing what we wanted USC and Texas to do. Now they need to make this game matter more by playing at that same high level the rest of the way.

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