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Utah Utes face off against USC Trojans, Thursday at 7 p.m.

Published: Wednesday, July 29 2015 6:26 p.m. MDT

Utah Utes warm up prior to Pac-12 football with USC in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Utah Utes warm up prior to Pac-12 football with USC in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

USC (3-1) at Utah (2-2)

Thursday, October 4th, 7 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium

TV: ESPN and ESPN 3

Radio: 700AM

Weather: 72 degrees, scattered clouds

The stakes

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.

The USC drum major watches  warm ups prior to Pac-12 football  in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) The USC drum major watches warm ups prior to Pac-12 football in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The trends

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.

Key matchup

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.

USC cheerleaders pose for a photo  prior to Pac-12 football with the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) USC cheerleaders pose for a photo prior to Pac-12 football with the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Injury report

Utah: DE Joe Kruger is questionable with a foot injury.

USC: C Khaled Holmes is questionable with an ankle injury.

Next up

Both teams return to action on Saturday, October 13. Utah faces UCLA in Los Angeles and USC visits Washington at CenturyLink Field.

Schedule

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

Former Utah Ute Scott Mitchell is interviewed during warm up prior to Pac-12 football with USC in Salt Lake City  Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Former Utah Ute Scott Mitchell is interviewed during warm up prior to Pac-12 football with USC in Salt Lake City Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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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