“As much success as the Trojans have had running the football, they’ve had the same amount of trouble stopping the run.
The defense is still figuring things out and with linebacker Porter Gustin doubtful to play on Saturday night, the Trojans might once again have their hands full on the ground.
After SEEMINGLY figuring things out in their 56-0 victory over San Jose St. last week, Texas dominated on the ground as the monstrous junior RB Chris Warren III ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Sophomore Kyle Porter also tacked on 72 yards for one touchdown in what is run-option based offense for the Longhorns.
The biggest concern in this game for USC is still their inability to tackle. They’ve shown trouble tackling sub-200 lbs. running backs in their first two games—but now they have to deal with Warren who is all of 6’4” 250 lbs.”
How to Watch:
Start time: Saturday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. PST
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles, California
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Live Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Vegas Odds: USC -16, O/U 67.5
FPI Matchup Predictor: USC 75.9% chance to win
S&P+ Score Prediction: USC 37 Texas 26
Massey Prediction: USC 42 Texas 26. USC with an 89% chance to win.
Betting Line / Total: USC -15.5 / 67.5 Points
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From: “USC Trojans Q&A: Texas Longhorns”
“Matthew: We saw Texas’ defense bounce back week two after a tough opener, but now faces one of the best offenses in the country. Who has to play well for the Longhorns to limit the Trojans defensively?
Cody: Is everybody an option? But in all seriousness, USC's versatility makes it hard to pinpoint one or two players. Holton Hill will obviously have to have another spectacular game at cornerback, although the entire secondary will have to play at peak performance to have a chance. I think how successfully linebackers Malik Jefferson and Gary Johnson can limit Ronald Jones II from running wild will be key. To have any hope of a chance, Texas will have to make USC one dimensional and that will mean playing much better than they have in recent years.”