Pixie Dust Provided: 7 Reasons Texas Beats USC

Vince Young (Will Gallagher/IT)

I don’t think we beat USC in LA because I lack winnerness, but if the Horns pull off the upset in the Coliseum, it’s a good bet we’ll be able to look to these reasons as to why. Every year we lull ourselves into defining teams early in the year (the LA Rams are going to play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl you guys!), but as the season plays out, we often find out that the early glimpses were deceiving.

Yes, there is a blueprint….

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

Sloppy-drunk on burnt orange Kool-aid in July, I stated – publicly and emphatically and foolishly – that Texas would beat USC this week in Los Angeles. Less than two months later, it’s Trojan game week, and my friends are spending the week verbally abusing me at every turn.

Potential potholes on the road to NSD

Rondale Moore (Justin Wells/IT)

No two recruiting cycles are alike, and when you factor for starkly different approaches between Charlie Strong and Tom Herman, there’s quite a bit to chronicle. Compounding the interest; for the first time for college football, NSD is plural as we’ll have one that runs from December 20-22 along with the customary first Wednesday in February (2/7).

Inside the Gameplan: How Texas can beat USC

Malik Jefferson and Gary Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

I’ve never been super bearish on Texas’ prospects in this contest. Before the season started I had USC pegged as the eventual national champion thanks to their strong coaching staff, the tenure and time they’ve had there to leverage the program’s resources, and the brilliance of Sam Darnold. Like everyone else in college football though, they’re still a work in progress at this point in the year and they are hardly immune to getting taken down by a talented team with a good gameplan coming in the week after a big time rivalry game with both national and conference implications.

Herman outlines quarterback trio, assesses challenge of facing Trojans

Jerrod Heard (Will Gallagher/IT)

In the story that is Tom Herman’s first season leading the Longhorn football program, Saturday’s win over San Jose State served several important purposes including letting a true freshman quarterback earn valuable experience and earning Herman’s first victory as head coach at UT. That first experience for Sam means that this week’s matchup against the top five USC Trojans will not be Ehlinger’s first taste of college football if called on to play or start.