Time for you to pick a score for the USC-Texas game. I made my prediction in this morning’s notes column. Texas rushed for more than 400 yards last week . . . against San Jose State. Their front seven on defense is not great. And USC is on a roll after last week. But could they suffer a post-Stanford letdown? Remember the loss to Boston College came after beating Stanford.
In this week’s notes column, I lead off with one of the most memorable plays in USC history. Fourth-and-2 against Texas in the BCS title game. Why wasn’t Reggie Bush on the field with LenDale White? No way that happens again, right? But is USC making a similar mistake this season by not playing Ronald Jones and Stephen Carr together on a regular basis in games? Remember, Charles White and Marcus Allen played together.
And I make my game prediction.
I hope the USC-Texas game is a shootout and thrills the fans. But I’m a little tired of hearing about the 2006 game. Is Vince Young playing Saturday? Texas gave up 51 points to Maryland. The Longhorns are unranked.
I would like nothing better than for Tom Herman to pull his team together Saturday. But until it happens, I don’t see any reason to pump this game up like it has anything to do with the 2006 Rose Bowl. The uniforms will be similar. That’s about it.
Here’s my top 10 things USC must improve to beat Texas. Excerpt:
Fewer penalties: The Trojans average 92 penalty yards per game, which ranks No. 119 nationally. That is the sign of an undisciplined team. Is the motto, “we’re just too talented so it doesn’t matter” going to carry USC past Alabama?
Cheer less. Coach more: Sometimes the USC sideline looks like a pep rally instead of a brain trust. Granted, most of these young guys are not full-time coaches, but they shouldn’t be jumping higher than the players when Stephen Carr is racing down the sideline.
In this episode, Joey Kaufman and I analyze the Stanford game, discuss some USC flaws and preview Texas. We also share our memories of being at the 2006 Rose Bowl. After you listen, post in the comments if you like hearing about games from the past or only care about what is happening right now. Enjoy!
USC defensive end Porter Gustin underwent surgery to have two screws in a crack in his big toe. Gustin’s surgery is similar to what JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent two years ago. But Smith-Schuster had surgery on a Monday, not a Wednesday. So it might be unlikely Gustin plays against Texas.
Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga will get his injured wrist wrapped and should play. Edoga did not practice today. Neither did linebacker John Houston or nose tackle Marlon Tuipulotu (knee). Tuipulotu is expected to be out 1-4 weeks.