USC Football's got themselves quite the showtime college football game here on Friday, as they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to take on the Utah Utes in the PAC-12 Championship Game. To see a coverage map of Championship weekend, just click here.
The game will be on Fox, so local listing information isn't necessary since everybody will be getting the game on whatever channel plays Fox on their television. The announcers will be Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Brock Huard (color commentator). Huard is a former PAC-12 Quarterback for the Washington Huskies (1996-1998).
Both teams in this game are not short of offense. SC has the No. 3 offense in the country (42.5 points per game), and Utah has the No. 10 offense in the country (39.4 points per game). Utah also has a good defense; surrendering just 20.08 points per game (19th in the country). SC, unfortunately, has allowed 26.33 points per game (61st in the country).
How is USC the team with the 11-1 record, and Utah the team with the 9-3 record, then? Because despite SC's defense being very porous, they know how to make the clutch plays. SC is fourth in FBS with 27 turnovers forced on the season, and top 10 in defensive touchdowns (three). They also are tied for 16th in America when it comes to sacks (35).
USC Football comes into the game ranked as the No. 4 team in college football and Utah comes in at just No. 11.
Therefore, Utah would love nothing more than to keep USC Football out of the College Football Playoff. There's at least a decent chance they do that if they beat the Trojans on Saturday. If USC wins the PAC-12 TItle Game, on the other hand, they do end up going on a trip to the CFP. They may even move up from the No. 4 spot and into the top three.
If USC avenges their loss to the Utes that they had earlier in the season, it will essentially make the loss a moot point.
Especially due to the controversy that surrounded that win, with SC losing due to objectively horrendous officiating that the PAC-12 even admitted to. Regardless of the result of this game, first-year USC Head Coach Lincoln Riley has most certainly outperformed expectation this season.