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It's Saturday, so that means it's college football time! There are a ton of great games on the slate tonight, including some matchups between a few powerhouse programs. While Ohio State and TCU ignite a rivalry from a few years back, USC and Texas try and improve on what has been a less than stellar start of the year for both programs. 


Game 1: Ohio State Buckeyes (-13) @ TCU Horned Frogs (+13), 8:00 p.m. EST

This game is being played at a neutral site (AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX), but the "neutral site" is fairly close to TCU so expect the crowd to be mostly purple. Ohio State might be playing with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder as head coach Urban Meyer will be back from suspension next week. 


Also, on a more comical note, the group of sneaky TCU alumni finally admitted this week that they were behind the famous billboard prank from 2011. 


TCU struggled against SMU early in Week 2 but were able to come back and win the game. That will be much more difficult if they run into trouble against Ohio State, who is 2-0 against the spread this year covering two enormous spreads.


TCU lost three starters from their offensive line from last year, but they haven't allowed a sack in the first two weeks -- that will be put to the test this week as Ohio State has arguably the best defensive line in college football. Expect them to take advantage of TCU's inexperience up front and dominate the line of scrimmage. 


Game 2: USC Trojans (+3.5) @ Texas Longhorns (-3.5), 8 p.m. EST

Both the Trojans and the Longhorns haven't had the start to the year they had hoped, as the teams hold a 1-1 record and are each 0-2 ATS. 


Texas has looked lost for most of its first two games, underperforming against Maryland in their opener and barely beating a mediocre at best Tulsa team. While USC took the loss to conference rival Stanford last week, the game was closer than the score indicated. USC had 20 first downs compared to Stanford's 13. A few tough turnovers hurt the Trojans in the end and their offense couldn't capitalize on the few opportunities it had. 


USC was able to hold Texas to 1.9 yards per carry in last seasons matchup, so Texas will look to establish the run early so this will be a big early indicator in this game. If USC's offensive line can hold off the Longhorns pass rush, that should give QB, J.T. Daniels the chance to exploit the Longhorns secondary. 


Expect this renewed rivalry game to stay close, giving USC a good chance to cover the 3.5 spread. 


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