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17 September 2017, 09:46 | Charlene Valdez
Texas at USC - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
No. 4 USC hosts Texas in a non-conference college football 2017 game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 16.
It took two overtimes, but Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans pulled off an epic win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday night. That should become more clear during their run through league play. Texas has suffered three straight losing seasons and hasn't won the Big 12 since 2009.
It wasn't a win, but the Longhorns look to have some hope moving forward.
Following Saturday night's game, head coach Tom Herman told reporters that he doesn't count moral victories but felt his team has come a long way.
The No. 14 Cardinals have needed the junior quarterback's impressive totals of 1,010 yards and eight touchdowns to offset their defensive generosity. However, his season could not have started any worse. The next Texas-USC game is in 364 days.
After combining for 32 carries and 238 yards - 166 by Warren - against San Jose State, the two had just nine carries for 24 yards. However, Texas rebounded nicely and defeated FBS punching bag San Jose State 56-0 and will look to build on that momentum this weekend against USC.
The Trojans have won 11 consecutive games overall, including last season's Rose Bowl.
As for the USC Trojans, the university managed to return to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2009. This season, the Trojans are expected to compete for a national championship and are now ranked in the top four according to the Associated Press.
Whether it's Buechele, Ehlinger or Heard under center, can Texas get enough consistency or big plays out of its quarterback position in order to win? Although Texas is definitely worse than Stanford, Texas has the ability to score points in bunches and USC could potentially be on upset alert in the team's defense is not up to the challenge.
The only scoring in the third quarter came on a 39-yard Joshua Rowland field goal. Huntley has been versatile for the Utes, throwing for 527 yards with a 73.5 completion percentage and leading the team with 159 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
When the College Football Playoff selection committee passed over Big Ten champion Penn State last December in favor of Ohio State for one of the four bids, Kirby Hocutt, its chairman, pointed to one prominent reason: the Buckeyes' marquee nonconference victory. Even with a 1-1 start, the squad has scored 97 points in two games. Against Western Michigan, Darnold threw two interceptions with zero touchdowns. Darnold, in an act of clairvoyance, threw to a spot and Burnett got it.
What the Longhorns defense did was give the offense a chance by holding USC in check, a hallmark of Todd Orlando's defenses at Houston against ranked opponents (think of the pressure on Louisville's Lamar Jackson).
As for my prediction, I have to side with the Trojans.
A week after thumping Stanford and exorcising one recent demon, USC struggled mightily in trying to right a wrong that reached back into the very lore of its storied program. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando had a great game plan on the night and he should be encouraged by what he saw tonight.
As far as Darnold is concerned, it was an up and down game.
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