I will expand on this later but here is a question to ponder. Texas true freshman Sam Ehlinger, in his second career start, was pretty bad in the first half against USC and then played much better in the second half.
Simply a case of a young player maturing in a game, right? Maybe. But here’s another way to look at it: Perhaps USC’s defense never changed and Ehlinger got more comfortable because he knew what he faced. So why didn’t USC mix up its defenses more in the second half?