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WATCH: Tom Herman addresses the media as Horns prepare for USC

Texas managed to hold off Tulsa Saturday, but the Trojans will provide stiffer competition for Texas.

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After producing just enough offense to hold off the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Saturday, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman addresses the media heading into a pivotal matchup against the USC Trojans.

A year ago, Texas played USC — headlined by eventual first-round draft pick Sam Darnold — to a double-overtime finish in what was an otherwise spectacular game marred for Texas fans by a double-overtime turnover to end the Longhorns threat. Sam Ehlinger has grown from a year ago and JT Daniels may still be adjusting to the collegiate level, so this could be a different story than it was at this time last season.

The weekly press conference is available on Longhorn Network at 12 p.m. CT, as well as on the media player and 104.9 The Horn.

Q. Sounds like there’s a section of your fan base that thinks you’re arrogant, thinks that you don’t take blame for a poor play by the team or tolerate questions about it or dignify their feelings that this team should be further along especially on offense than where it is right now. What would you say to that?

TOM HERMAN: I love our fans. Mack Brown told me when I got the job that this can be the greatest job in America because there’s tens of millions of people that care very passionately about what happens with their long horn football team and it can be one that’s difficult too for the exact same reason, because there’s tens of millions of people. But at the end of the day we’re never -- the expectations that are put on us from the outside are never going to meet or exceed the expectations that we put on ourselves. And so yeah, I love our fans, absolutely love them and I hope they continue to stay as passionate about Texas football as they have been.