The Trojans have just over a week to prepare for the Utah Utes, and they are coming off a less-than-pretty-but-pleasing win over the California Golden Bears. The Trojans needed to get their victory train back on the right track after losing to Stanford, and disallowing the Bears to reach the endzone at any point during that contest as well as finally showcasing the running game was exactly what the doctor ordered. Now ‘SC has to prepare for their first Pac-12 trip to Utah for a Thursday night game that could get out of hand quickly if the Trojans don’t play their cards right.
So, here are five things the Trojans need to do doing their Bye Week to prepare for a favorable outcome in Utah:
The Trojans are no strangers to depth issues, as they have been nipping at their heels for the past few seasons. With just 75 scholarship guys on roster, this season will be no exception. In four games we have seen a running back, USC’s star kicker and center, a cornerback, and a new linebacker go down due to injuries, and this team really can’t afford anymore. USC needs to use this extra time to rest as much as possible, to allow the players’ bodies time to rejuvenate and relax before they really plunge into the depth of the season. Going into Utah with fresh bodies could be the difference in USC playing this game their way or succumbing to the unfamiliar Thursday night atmosphere in Rice-Eccles Stadium.