There's about an hour until USC and Texas kick off, and the big pre-game development is the health of Porter Gustin's big toe. Gustin had surgery on Wednesday to insert two screws in his toe to repair a small fracture.
Coach Clay Helton said during the week he was not optimistic about Gustin's availability against Texas. But Gustin was out on the field for warmups and appeared to move well and without a limp.
That does not guarantee he'll play, but it's a signal that it's likely.
USC reprised a classic late in the third quarter of its opener two weeks ago. With two men in the backfield, the Trojans’ center and right guard pulled to the left side, forming the core of a phalanx of blockers. The running back swept in behind them.
USC was essentially running John McKay’s offensive staple, student-body right — only to the left.
“In honor to Coach McKay, that’ll never leave the playbook,” Trojans coach Clay Helton said.