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

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

Thursday, October 4th, 7 p.m.

Rice-Eccles Stadium


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 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.

Injury report

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

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

Next up

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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.