Inside the Gameplan: USC

Patrick Vahe and Tristan Nickelson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last year the USC game was probably the first turning point of the Tom Herman era. The first week was a disaster, obviously, that featured horrendous defense and an injury to the starting QB. Week two was a little tuneup against a completely overmatched opponent before heading to Los Angeles to take on Sam Darnold and USC. The Texas defense shined on the road, looking like a completely different unit, while Sam Ehlinger came close to leading a big time comeback before late mistakes (by both himself and others) thwarted it. That kind of performance would define the rest of the season.

Texas-USC Game Preview

Texas vs. USC (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Trojans come into Austin at 1-1 with a sloppy but convincing win over UNLV and a 17-3 road loss against Stanford where they lost the battle in the trenches and learned that a true freshman QB on the road is fraught with issues – even the very talented ones.

Friday Night Sights: Port Neches-Groves vs. Huntsville

Roschon Johnson (courtesy Tishy Bryant)

f it could go wrong, it did go wrong for the Port Neches-Groves Indians last Friday night. But, while watching their two players of interest, senior Texas quarterback commit Roschon Johnson and junior offensive tackle Jaylen Garth, I was still able to see a whole lot of things that went right.

Huntsville took the victory rather easily, 31-14, and the box score wasn’t pretty (17-32 for 191 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception) for Johnson, though it wasn’t indicative of his play.

Without Ingram, strong performance recquired from Watson

Tre Watson (Will Gallagher/IT)

exas head coach Tom Herman might just repeat that “winning is hard” until he’s doing something other than serving as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. In the short term, defeating a No. 22 USC Trojans team in Austin will be no easy task. It will be even more difficult with one of his star freshmen rushers “probably doubtful.” As a result, a heavy rushing burden will rest upon someone playing just his third game in burnt orange, graduate transfer Tre Watson.

Why Herman desperately needs a win versus USC

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

After Texas’ uninspiring performance against Maryland week one, it only felt natural that the Longhorns would come out with a tad more fire in the home opener against an obviously less gifted program. While it started out that way, Texas reverted back to the mediocrity it has so long dwelled in through recent history just when the fans started to get comfortable.