The line for USC vs. Texas at the Coliseum opened with the Trojans favored by two touchdowns in a grudge match a decade in the making.
When USC vs. Texas kicks off on Saturday, it shouldn’t be as tightly contested a match up as the last time the two teams faced in the 2006 national championship game. At least, that’s what Vegas oddsmakers say.
The Trojans opened as a 14-point favorite over the Longhorns, per Sports Book Review. The consensus line moved to 17 points by Sunday night.
USC more than covered the 3.5-point line against Stanford, besting the Cardinal 42-24 on Saturday in impressive fashion. That moved the Trojans to 2-0 on the season and 1-1 against the spread after failing to cover the 28-point spread in the 49-31 victory over Western Michigan.
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Texas, on the other hand, is 1-1 both in reality and against the spread this season. The Longhorns lost to Maryland in Week 1, 51-41, despite being favored by 19 points. However, they turned around and smacked San Jose State, 56-0, to give new head coach Tom Herman his first victory in burnt orange.
If Herman is to notch a second, he’ll have to break a couple of lengthy streaks on the USC side of things. In beating Stanford, the Trojans extended their active win steak to 11 games, which is second nationally behind Oklahoma. They also tallied their 11th consecutive victory at the Coliseum under Helton, who has never lost a game in Los Angeles.
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Of course, the big narrative around this year’s out-of-conference matchup isn’t the battle between Herman and Helton. It’s the grudge match element to the game, more than a decade on from USC’s heartbreak and Texas’ triumph in 2006.