Ehlinger, should he get a second consecutive start, also is a much better runner than Buechele and should be able to help move the chains that way.
"Ugly wins count too", Helton said. Although Texas is definitely worse than Stanford, Texas has the ability to score points in bunches and USC could potentially be on upset alert in the team's defense is not up to the challenge.
No. 6 USC took their winning streak to 11 games when they silenced No. 14 Stanford with a 42-24 victory last Saturday.
How can you tune in to Saturday afternoon's game between Texas and USC? Freshman Sam Ehlinger started against San Jose State and is more of a dual threat. On a last desperation play before the end of the half, Darnold found Ronald Jones II, who made a big play after the catch and found the end zone for a shocking 56-yard touchdown. All things considered, this is the play Texas would most like to have back on the night.
USC's defense entered 2017 looking to replace a few key cogs from last year's group. When Helton unexpectedly got the chance to lead the Trojans two years ago, the longtime assistant swiftly brought maturity and continuity to the talent-laden program, and wins have followed.
The Longhorns are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Pac-12 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The same goes for USC. Sam Darnold's offense is running exceptionally well, racking up 91 points and 1,144 yards against strong opponents in its first two games.
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Simply put, the biggest reason the Longhorns were in this game in the first place was because of the defense.
Will USC's defensive front stuff the run and force the Longhorns into long-yardage situations?
On that January 4 night over a decade ago, Longhorns quarterback Vince Young scampered into the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left to clinch a 41-38 victory and the 2005 BCS national championship. Texas had to convert two fourth downs on the drive. Carrington has lived up to the hype after transferring from OR, tying for No. 6 in the country with 128 receiving yards per game and trying for No. 11 with 17 receptions.
Needless to say, Texas is going to have its hands full trying to slow down USC's offense.
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. Two fumbled snaps. Ill-timed penalties. After a rough debut against Maryland, all eyes will be on Orlando on Saturday night.
He was talking about the Longhorns but the same applies to the Trojans. Will they get better? However, it's tough to see the Longhorns pulling this one off in Los Angeles.