Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
USC (3-1) at Utah (2-2)
Thursday, October 4th, 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN and ESPN 3
Weather: 72 degrees, scattered clouds
For Utah ... The Utes are coming off of a big loss to Arizona State and are looking to reestablish themselves as contenders in the Pac-12.
For USC ... A victory over the Utes would keep USC's BCS hopes alive and give them momentum heading into a hard road game next week versus Washington.
For Utah ... The Utes have only faced USC 11 times in their history, but will have something they haven't had in almost a century: home field advantage.
For USC ... USC is playing their first game in Salt Lake City in 95 years after narrowly escaping defeat at home against the Utes last year.
Player to watch
Matt Barkley, USC: An early Heisman favorite, Barkley struggled in USC's loss to Stanford and did not look particularly robust in last weeks win over Cal throwing for only 192 yards.
USC's offense vs. Utah's defense: USC blew out its first two opponents scoring a combined 91 points. USC looks to test a Utes defense that is trying to rebound from a tough loss to Arizona State.
Utah: DE Joe Kruger is questionable with a foot injury.
USC: C Khaled Holmes is questionable with an ankle injury.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, October 13. Utah faces UCLA in Los Angeles and USC visits Washington at CenturyLink Field.
Date. . .Opponent. . .Time/result
Aug. 30. . .N. Colorado. . .W, 41-0
Sept. 7. . .at Utah State. . .L, 27-20 OT
Sept. 15. . .BYU. . .W, 24-21
Sept. 22. . .at Arizona State. . .L, 37-7
Oct. 4. . .Southern Cal. . .7 p.m.
Oct. 13. . .at UCLA. . .TBA
Oct. 20. . .at Oregon State. . .TBA
Oct. 27. . .California. . .TBA
Nov. 3. . .Washington St.. . .TBA
Nov. 10. . .at Washington. . .TBA
Nov. 17. . .Arizona. . .TBA
Nov. 23. . .at Colorado. . .1 p.m.
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