The basics

USC (1-2, 0-1) at No. 24 UTAH (3-0)

FRIDAY, 7 p.m. MDT

Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807)



Radio: ESPN 700AM

Ticket information

Parking map

Mass transit: Ticket to the game will double as TRAX fare

Live stream: Fox Sports Go

Weather: Rain with temperatures in the low 50s.


The stakes

For USC … the Trojans can begin defense of their Pac-12 South title by knocking off last year’s co-champs on the road.

For Utah ... an opportunity to open Pac-12 play with a win over a division rival and a chance to avenge last season’s pivotal loss.

The trends

For USC ... the Trojans are off to their slowest start (1-2) since beginning the Pete Carroll era with a 1-4 mark in 2000.

For Utah ... the Utes had lost their first four Pac-12 openers until unloading on Oregon 62-20 last season in Eugene.

The crystal ball

USC will win if ... the Trojans can handle the pressure produced by “Sack Lake City.” Utah had 10 sacks last week.

Utah will win if ... the Utes keep the ball away from playmakers like Adoree’ Jackson and JuJU Smith-Schuster.

Player to watch

SAM DARNOLD, USC quarterback: Although the redshirt freshman saw action in the first three games of the season, this will be his first scheduled start.

Key matchup

UTAH’S OFFENSE VS. USC’S OFFENSE: It’s a battle of the two lowest-scoring teams in the Pac-12. The Utes average 26 points per game, while the Trojans check in at 20.3.


"There’s no more important game to us right now than competing against Utah."

— USC coach Clay Helton

"They’re dangerous and we’re fully aware of that. We don’t really pay attention to their record."

— Utah coach Kyle Whittingham

Next up

Both teams continue Pac-12 play on Saturday, Oct. 1. USC hosts Arizona State and Utah is at California.

Utah schedule

Sept. 1 — SOUTHERN UTAH, Won 24-0

Sept. 10 — BYU, Won 20-19

Sept. 17 — at San Jose State, Won 34-17

Sept. 23 — USC, 7 p.m. (FS1)

Oct. 1 — at California, 4 p.m. (P12N)


Oct. 15 — at Oregon State, TBA

Oct. 22 — at UCLA, TBA


Nov. 10 — at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

Nov. 19 — OREGON, TBA

Nov. 26 — at Colorado, TBA

All times Mountain