Smith-Schuster, selected No. 62 overall out of Southern California, had season highs with seven receptions for 193 yards.
A lot of people said, `He’s young, he’s immature, Smith-Schuster said. I’m 20 years old, but when I’m on the field, playing with my boys, I’m going to get the job done.
Smith-Schuster also knows how to have a little fun. When he got to the sideline after his touchdown, he put a chain that he purchased Sunday on a stationary bike, making light of his bike being stolen and recovered recently.
Khalil has a few friends who play defense for them, Rodriguez said. From that standpoint, the Southern California games are huge for them because they know a lot of those guys.
Indeed, Arizona and USC are teams with familiar faces, similar paths and the same goal at stake when they meet Saturday night.
Auburn has been consistently good this season despite close losses to Clemson and LSU. The Tigers have a stable presence at quarterback, now that Jarrett Stidham has settled in, and a quality running game.
Auburn also had two weeks to prepare following a 52-20 throttling of Arkansas. Head coach Gus Malzahn is 6-0 record after open dates in his tenure at Auburn.
The thing that I like right now is we’re healthier and we had an off week to get a little fresher, Malzahn said during his Tuesday press conference. (During an open date you) look at your team and either break tendencies or build around strengths. The bottom line is the players and the players respond and do what they’re asked to do.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) has vacillated between looking like a team on the rise and a program struggling to keep from falling apart.
The venue for Sunday’s Texans gesture was practically destined to be: the home of the Seahawks, where players — Michael Bennett, first and foremost — have engaged in the protests at every level since last season.