After a demoralizing loss on the road at Arizona in their first game outside the state of Utah, the Utes will look to bounce back when they play USC in Los Angeles today.

USC, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from a tough 14-10 defeat on the road at Notre Dame.

Here's a look at the matchup and what's at stake as the Utes face the Trojans.

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At a glance

UTAH (4-3, 1-3) at USC (4-3, 1-2)


Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607)

Natural grass

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: 700AM

Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the low 80s.

The stakes

For Utah ... The Utes need a win to avoid slipping to .500. They need two wins over the final five games of the season to become bowl eligible.

For USC ... Interim head coach Ed Orgeron is 1-1 since replacing the fired Lane Kiffin. Any wins would benefit his case for keeping the job.

The trends

For Utah ... The Utes haven’t beaten USC in Los Angeles since a 27-12 decision in 1916. The Trojans have won the last five meetings in California.

For USC ... The Trojans have won eight of the past nine games in the series. The only loss was a 10-6 decision in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl.

The edge

Utah will win if ... The Utes hold a halftime edge. They’ve won 49 straight games when leading at the break. Only Oregon has a longer active streak at this time.

USC will win if ... The Trojans are able to put the clamps on Utah’s offense. They lead the Pac-12 in rushing defense (190.1 ypg) and total defense (333.9 ypg).

Player to watch

Travis Wilson, Utah: After missing most of the Arizona game with a sprained index finger, Wilson is back with a protective glove on his sore right hand.

Key matchup

USC’s offense vs. Utah’s pass rush: The Utes lead the Pac-12 with 22 sacks. They face a struggling offense that ranks 11th in passing with 206.7 yards per game.

Injury report

Utah: Starting quarterback Travis Wilson is expected to play despite missing a majority of last week’s loss at Arizona because of a sprained index finger.

USC: A recent rash of injuries has sidelined linebacker Lamar Dawson (knee), tailback Justin Davis (ankle), running back Taylor Ross (leg) and offensive guard Jordan Simmons (knee) for the season. Tailback Tre Madden (hamstring) and wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee) are questionable.