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Texas played well against San Jose State, will have to play better to stay with USC

Texas head coach Tom Herman said that if healthy, sophomore Shane Buechele likely would resume practicing with the Longhorns' first-team offense (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — In the week-to-week grind of the college football season, wins – regardless of which teams are lined up across the line of scrimmage – are something to be celebrated, especially by a Texas team that has suffered through three straight losing campaigns and opened its 2017 schedule with a clank in falling to Maryland.

But there’s no doubt that a Longhorn win this week on the road at No. 4 USC could be a program changer and send all of those who doubt the progress Texas is making under first-year coach Tom Herman into a time-out corner, at least for about 12 days.

Herman met with the media Monday to put

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .