USC over Texas by 10

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Af­ter strug­gling for much of their opener against Western Michi­gan, the Tro­jans and highly-touted QB Sam Darnold look to be the pow­er­house that had them ranked 4th in the pre­sea­son AP Poll as they have pro­duced 70 points in their last five quar­ters, in­clud­ing a 42-28 win over Stan­ford. Texas, mean­while, made amends for an em­bar­rass­ing sea­son-open­ing home loss to Mary­land. And though it’s likely Tom Her­man’s men will soon be­come her­mits be­fore long (es­pe­cially with Kansas State, Ok­la­homa and Ok­la­homa State dot­ting the Oc­to­ber slate), there could be a ‘kind of hush’ in the Coli­seum for a lit­tle while tonight as the Longhorns are 9-0 ATS be­fore fac­ing Iowa State and 4-1 ATS as dogs of more than 10 points. In fact Her­man, him­self, is in his head coach­ing ca­reer when tak­ing points. The truth of the mat­ter is, though, we have no in­ter­est in lay­ing dou­bles with South­ern Cal 1-4 ATS in the third of three straight homers, 1-3 ATS af­ter Stan­ford and smack dab in the mid­dle of a Pac-12 sand­wich. We re­al­ize it’s tough to fade the pow­er­ful Tro­jans, but grab­bing the gen­er­ous points could be ‘into some­thing good.’

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