USC is in Salt Lake City waiting for what seems another weekly must-win game for the Trojans.
Now comes No. 19 Utah (5-1, 2-1), capable of beating UCLA at the Rose Bowl but also losing to Washington State. The Utes could offer a quick response that No. 20 USC (5-2, 4-1) is capable of beating Arizona but losing to Boston College. Full story here
1. This is the first time that USC has played a ranked Utah football team.
2. This is only the second time a ranked USC football team has played Utah. The first was in 2012, when the No. 13-ranked Trojans defeated the Utes 38-28, in the Trojans’ first game in Salt Lake City since 1917.
You saw the Gold Sheet expects a close game. This is a tough one. Utah will wear their new helmets, which Pete Carroll used to say was not good for a team because it made a game bigger than it was. So what score will you pick?
The venerable betting publication, the Gold Sheet, picks Utah to defeat USC, 26-23.
“The Trojan defense, mesmerized by BC QB Murphy, will certainly see some of the same option schemes from the Utes’ 6-1 Kendal Thompson, with Utah HC Whittingham also able to call on 6-7 jr. rocket launcher Travis Wilson.”