USC vs. Utah: 5 Things To Watch Out For When The Trojans Are Hosting The Utes
USC running back Keaontay Ingram celebrates after a touchdown against Oregon State on September 25th at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.
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The comfort of home hasn’t been comforting for USC this season. The Trojans are 0-2 in Pac-12 games at the Coliseum. If they have any hope of staying in the conference race, they cannot afford to lose this week. Utah are 2-2, fresh from their own tough start to the season but bring a strong defense to the Coliseum. Starting as a three-point favorite, USC hasn’t won any straight games this season but hasn’t lost to Utah at home since the Colosseum was built.
“I don’t think anyone should come into your own house and wreak havoc,” said wide receiver Drake London, “so it’s definitely a point being made this week.”
Both teams are at a crucial crossroads before kick-off on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Fox.
When Keaontay Ingram found his stride last Saturday, averaging more than nine yards per carry, the USC offense finally seemed to strike the balance it was looking for. While Colorado focused on stopping London, Ingram ran wild and USC unleashed the full capabilities of its air raid offensive, crossing 200 yards for the first time in nearly two years.
Finding that balance won’t be easy this week. Utah’s defense allowed only 3.56 yards per carry, good for third place in the Pac-12 while giving up just two touchdowns, the fewest of all teams in the conference. Before leaving last week, Utah held Washington State at a measly 70 yards.
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