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UNLV (5 - 7) at USC (11 - 3)
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Week 1 Saturday, 9/1/2018 4:00 PM
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UNLV - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-7-0.96-55-728.816.3422.7(6.2)1.231.715.7458.7(6.3)1.6
Road Games3-3+0.95-12-429.215.0401.8(5.9)1.029.714.3451.0(6.4)2.0
Last 3 Games1-2-11-22-125.014.7435.0(6.2)1.029.712.3439.3(7)1.0
UNLV - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.816.321.031:3844-240(5.5)13-2454.3%183(7.5)68-423(6.2)(14.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.28.91620.131:3141-191(4.7)17-2859.8%209(7.5)69-400(5.8)(13.8)
Offense Road Games29.215.020.532:0145-243(5.4)12-2353.6%159(6.8)68-402(5.9)(13.8)
Defense (All Games)31.715.724.028:1244-239(5.4)18-2961.8%219(7.6)73-459(6.3)(14.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.914.119.729:2841-192(4.7)16-2857.9%201(7.1)70-393(5.6)(14.6)
Defense Road Games29.714.323.027:5645-242(5.3)16-2564.9%209(8.3)71-451(6.4)(15.2)

USC - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-3+4.84-107-632.616.0484.1(6.6)1.926.112.9395.6(5.6)1.8
Home Games7-0+52-54-337.317.0530.7(7)2.024.910.7385.9(5.5)2.0
Last 3 Games2-1+10-31-222.012.7443.7(6.1)
Grass Games10-0+84-66-337.818.7534.5(7.1)1.624.39.9388.7(5.6)1.7
USC - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)32.616.024.330:5539-185(4.8)22-3562.9%299(8.5)74-484(6.6)(14.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.27.713.620.930:1238-172(4.5)19-3259.5%232(7.2)71-403(5.7)(14.5)
Offense Home Games37.317.026.930:3340-207(5.1)23-3664.0%323(9.1)76-531(7)(14.2)
Defense (All Games)26.112.920.129:0536-159(4.4)18-3454.3%237(7)70-396(5.6)(15.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.31.715.921.530:4838-181(4.7)20-3360.9%238(7.2)71-419(5.9)(13.2)
Defense Home Games24.910.720.929:2637-158(4.3)18-3355.0%228(6.9)70-386(5.5)(15.5)
Average power rating of opponents played: UNLV 26.3,  USC 42.9
UNLV - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/1/2018@ USC            
9/15/2018PRAIRIE VIEW            
9/22/2018@ ARKANSAS ST            

USC - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2018@ STANFORD            
9/15/2018@ TEXAS            
9/21/2018WASHINGTON ST            
9/29/2018@ ARIZONA            
UNLV: UNLV fans have plenty to look forward to, with a maturing young team likely to improve upon its 5-7 mark from 2017 and a running game that's awfully fun to watch. RB Lexington Thomas (1,336 rushing yards) was a first-team All-MWC selection, QB Armani Rogers (915) was the conference Freshman of the Year, and RB Charles Williams (763 in 2016) is back after missing last year due to injury. Things are less rosy on the other side of the ball, but incoming defensive coordinator Tim Skipper brings hope for positive growth.
USC: Injured for most of 2017, Porter Gustin returns to the Trojans lineup this year to join fellow star linebacker Cameron Smith in trying to fix what was a struggling run defense for most of last year. With an already strong secondary brings back most of its talent, the entire unit will be dominant if it can succeed. Incoming freshman JT Daniels seems destined to take over the quarterback job sooner rather than later, and by all accounts he has shown poise beyond his years in early reps at the position. He'll have two all-conference linemen blocking for him, and while there's turnover at the skill positions, this is USC we're talking about'there's ridiculous talent at both running back and receiver. Keep an eye on freshman wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, who was Daniels's teammate in high school.
No. 15 USC debuts freshman QB J.T. Daniels vs. UNLV

Under different circumstances, the newly named starting quarterback of No. 15-ranked USC, J.T. Daniels, would be preparing for a game Friday night against La Mirada High School.

Instead, Daniels' decision to reclassify from the 2019 recruiting class and leave Mater Dei High School has him now prepping to make his collegiate debut Saturday against UNLV at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

"The thing J.T. did a really good job of is, when the ball was put down in our live-game scrimmage situations, the ball moved -- and it looked easy for him," said USC coach Clay Helton of Daniels, who becomes the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Trojans since Matt Barkley in 2009.

Barkley also came to USC via nearby Mater Dei and held the starting job through 2012.

In another coincidental twist, Daniels' Mater Dei teammates fared well without the new Trojans quarterback last week against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, winning 42-0. UNLV coach Tony Sanchez previously led Bishop Gorman before taking the college opening just a few miles down the road.

"Known coach Sanchez for a long time, and really proud of what he's been able to accomplish, both at the high school level and at the college level," said Helton, who as a USC assistant during Sanchez's tenure at Bishop Gorman, established a working relationship with the Rebels coach.

Referencing the strides UNLV has made as Sanchez enters his fourth season at the helm, Helton cited three losses by a combined 14 points, which effectively denied the Rebels a bowl bid.

With a background coaching both high school and college, Sanchez has his own, unique perspective on the challenges a first-timer like Daniels faces.

"He's a freshman, and it is college football, so the game's going to be a little faster," Sanchez said. "He'll be ready, but he's still young and there's still a little bit of a learning curve."

UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers understands the position in which Daniels finds himself on Saturday. Rogers started from Game 1 a season ago as a freshman, and despite the benefit of a redshirt season, still faced initial growing pains.

Once he settled in, Rogers finished with 1,471 yards passing and six touchdowns, and another 780 yards rushing with eight scores. He said the lumps taken and lessons learned in Year 1 have him feeling more comfortable ahead of his sophomore campaign.

"It's a big difference. You know what to expect, you know the defenses, you know how to watch film," he said. "It's a lot different type of preparing from what I did last year and what I'm doing now. It's (about) being more mature."

Rogers played his high school ball at Los Angeles Hamilton, garnering some recruiting interest from Pac-12 programs Cal, UCLA and Utah, before landing at UNLV. He was also on USC's radar, and Helton remains impressed with the quarterback's progress into this second season.

"You look at the run-threat that he is, and how big and physical of a man he is, it just jumps off the film," Helton said of the 6-foot-6 Rogers. "With him and (running back) Lexington (Thomas) back there, you're talking about 2,100 rushing yards between the two and the 16th-best rushing offense in the country last year."

"I've been so impressed with him not only as a runner, but his ability to create in the passing game," added Helton. "You see how many yards he picks up when things break down, and that's a great luxury to have."

Indeed, it's a luxury USC had most of the previous two seasons with Sam Darnold at quarterback. The current New York Jets quarterback's ability to salvage possessions, escaping would-be tacklers and finding open teammates on seemingly busted plays, became a defining hallmark for the Trojans in 2017.

Emulating Darnold's contributions might be a big ask of Daniels, at least initially. Just how much responsibility Helton and offensive coordinator Tee Martin decide to give the freshman quarterback impacts UNLV's approach.

"It'll be interesting to see how they use (Daniels)," Sanchez said. "Are they going to run their stuff and throw it around the yard? Are they going to try to protect him a little bit and run the football?"

Certainly, it's a different pregame forecast than if Daniels was preparing to face La Mirada.

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