No. 10 Utah (3-0, 0-0) at USC (2-1, 1-0)
- Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. MDT
- Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (77,500)
- Surface: Bermuda grass
- Tickets: VividSeats.com
- TV: FS1
- Livestream: Fox Sports Go
- Radio: ESPN 700 AM
- Series: USC leads 11-6
- Weather: Sunny with temperatures in the 70s at kickoff
For Utah: The Utes can open Pac-12 play with a key victory — a win over the team projected to be their great challenge in the South Division.
For USC: The Trojans can move to 2-0 in Pac-12 contests and hold a tiebreaker over the team favored to win the South Division crown.
For Utah: The Utes have split their last six games with USC. However, the last win in Los Angeles came in 1916.
For USC: The Trojans have eight consecutive wins at home over Utah. The last one was a 28-27 decision in 2017.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
Utah: The Utes can end more than a century of losses to USC in Los Angeles simply by being the better football team on Friday.
USC: The Trojans could sure use a win — for a variety of reasons. A victory may make things more stable and turn off the heat a bit.
PLAYER TO WATCH
KEDON SLOVIS, USC quarterback: How will the true freshman fare against Utah’s defense? The pass rush could prove to be quite problematic.
USC’s offensive line vs. Utah’s defensive line: This pivotal matchup could decide the outcome. The Utes are determined to make an impact up front.
“This is definitely, if not the biggest, one of the biggest games of our season. I think how we respond from that loss (at BYU) is going to determine what kind of team we’ll be this season.” — USC defensive tackle Brandon Pili
“This is a mature team. This team seems to handle their business very well and my guess is that we will go down there, not overreact, and just play our game.” — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham
Both teams continue Pac-12 play on Saturday, Sept. 28. Utah hosts Washington State and USC is at Washington.
All times MDT
- Aug. 29 — at BYU, Won 30-12
- Sept. 7 — Northern Illinois, Won 35-17
- Sept. 14 — Idaho State, Won 31-0
- Sept. 20 — at USC (7 p.m., FS1)
- Sept. 28 — Washington State (8 p.m., FS1)
- Oct. 12 — at Oregon State (TBD)
- Oct. 19 — Arizona State (TBD)
- Oct. 26 — California (TBD)
- Nov. 2 — at Washington (TBD)
- Nov. 16 — UCLA (TBD)
- Nov. 23 — at Arizona (TBD)
- Nov. 30 — Colorado (TBD)
- Dec. 6 — Pac-12 Championship (TBD, ABC)