Texas vs. USC: Matchups, keys to victory in Rose Bowl rematch

Sep 16 2017 Los Angeles CA USA  USC Trojans punter Wyatt Schmidt and place kicker Chase Mc Grath celebrate after kicking the game winning field goal from 43 yards for a double overtime win against the Texas Longhorns at Los Angeles Memoria

Texas at USC - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Elliott finished the game with two interceptions.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday night's game.

The Tigers did not concede a touchdown in a pair of dominating wins over Kent State and Auburn to open the campaign, and have surrendered just 16.4 points per game during a stunning 16-1 SU run.

Though both schools still have to face 11th-ranked Florida State, the victor can take early control of the Atlantic Division. USC is a 15.5-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider. USC led 7-0 and just got the ball at its 23.

The Texas offense had it no easier, finishing with 68 yards on 35 carries.

Junior cornerback Holton Hill (scored three touchdowns on the season) is the more physical of the two starting cornerbacks, and shows the physical edge mostly in the run game and in press coverage on the line of scrimmage. But what happens when the other team is also playing its A game? Clemson overcame turnovers to rally past Louisville 42-36 a year ago, and coach Dabo Swinney doesn't want to give Jackson easy chances with the stakes high again.

"I think you have to be creative with what you're doing and when you're doing it", Beck said. "He's not fun to play".

The game was a back-and-forth chess match that saw a USC Trojans team that was unable to create distance on the scoreboard with their opponent.

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So when the architect of Southern California's return to excellence says he sees imminent signs of the same restoration in Tom Herman and Texas, the Longhorns' fans should take heart.

It took two overtimes, but Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans pulled off an epic win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday night. Last week against Stanford, the senior recorded five pass breakups, four tackles (one for loss) and a sack. "They're a great team, and you have a team that can do something like that, you're going to score some points".

Helton spent several seasons behind the scenes at USC as a stabilizing force in the chaotic coaching tenures of Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian.

It was their first meeting since the 2006 Rose Bowl where the Longhorns won 41-38.

Saturday night, the Trojans and Longhorns meet once again for a Week 3 primetime matchup at the LA Coliseum. Sophomore Sam Buechele completed 34 of 52 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener against Maryland. Teams like USC and Clemson were tested in Week 3, and while Alabama and Oklahoma played cupcakes, they do have some tough games ahead of them. The No. 8 Buckeyes were smoked by Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma at Ohio Stadium last week and will be looking for an outlet for their frustration.

San Jose State (1-2) at Utah (2-0): Quarterback Tyler Huntley and receiver Darren Carrington have flourished in Utah's new spread offense, but the scheme has room for improvement before Pac-12 play begins at Arizona on September 22. This one, though, was more distant classic.

"Connor Williams is the best left tackle we saw past year", a Big 12 defensive coordinator told Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated over the summer. "I'm not walking in here telling the guys to start preparing for (the following game against) Tulane because we're going to get our butts whipped. We've got to look at their team and find the things we can do to be successful". Deontay Burnett and Steven Mitchell Jr. have combined for 396 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Tyler Petite has six receptions.

Unfortunately for the Black Knights, the Buckeyes defense is No. 13 nationally, allowing 60.5 rushing yards per game.

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