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Utah football: All-time, USC owns the series with Utes

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 12:05 a.m. MDT

USC Trojans cornerback Nickell Robey (21) makes an interception against Utah and goes for a touchdown during Pac-12 football in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.  (Ravell Call, Deseret News) USC Trojans cornerback Nickell Robey (21) makes an interception against Utah and goes for a touchdown during Pac-12 football in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Is Utah putting makeup on a pig?

USC is just seven-point favorites against Utah for the game this weekend in the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Utes have been close against the Trojans the past two years.

However, neither the prognostication nor the Pac-12 duels have reflected Utah’s typical mode of defeat in their all-time series against the Trojans.

The Utes have lost by 26-plus points four times. Another was a 13-point decision before 1993, when they fell by a touchdown at a neutral site. Overall, Utah is just 3-8 against USC (1-5 in Los Angeles), losing six straight in a series that began in 1915. That was before either Rice-Eccles Stadium or the Los Angeles Coliseum existed. The first four contests were played by the time A&W was started in 1919, at a parade honoring World War I veterans. The 1925, 1932 and 1948 games were all played at the Coliseum, where Saturday's game will be played.

Southern California wide receiver Robert Woods (2) carries the ball as he breaks a tackle from Utah linebacker Trevor Reilly (9) in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Rick Bowmer, AP) Southern California wide receiver Robert Woods (2) carries the ball as he breaks a tackle from Utah linebacker Trevor Reilly (9) in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Rick Bowmer, AP)

The Utes won the first two matchups in as many seasons — but the next victory didn’t come for another 85 years, a defensive struggle in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Here's a look at the Utah-USC series:

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Rhett Wilkinson is a project manager for UtahPolicy.com and hails the true-blooded Aggies from Utah. The co-founder of magazine Aggie BluePrint.com, he's been an intern for the Deseret News and other publications. rhett.wilkinson@usu.edu | @wilklogan

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