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Worse shape: USC or Texas?

Our panel debates Trojans-Horns, predicts Bama-A&M and tabs breakout stars

Updated: September 10, 2013, 11:46 AM ET
By College Football Insiders | ESPN Insider

With two weeks in the books, the 2013 college football season has already offered plenty of drama as USC and Texas, two of the nation's highest-profile programs, have suffered major upsets that have put both their seasons -- and coaches' futures -- in jeopardy.

Beyond the Trojans and Longhorns, Alabama and Texas A&M have been under the microscope -- and square off Saturday in the year's most anticipated game. In short, Week 3 offers plenty to talk about. 

Insider's panel of experts answers some of the week's biggest questions, including whether USC or Texas is in worse shape, which player has been the early-season breakout star, which team has been the most impressive, who will come out on top when the Tide take on the Aggies and what other games offer the most intrigue heading into Week 3.


1. Which team is in the worst shape heading into Week 3: USC or Texas?

Kevin Carter: USC. The Trojans' lack of scoring is a problem. A total of 226 yards passing after two full games is utterly shameful given USC's talent and offensive weapons. Marqise Lee and Xavier Grimble have been completely underutilized. If there's been a bright spot for the offense, it's that at least they've been able to run the ball somewhat well. Tre Madden has piled up 260 yards in two games, so at least it's a start. But talent far outpaces production.

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