No. 7 USC Football takes on the No. 20 Utah Utes on Saturday, in their first ranked matchup of the season so far. Despite many great football games taking place this weekend, SC is on prime time (kickoff is at 5:00 p.m. PST) and for the right reasons. Many would have told you before the season that these two are the co-favorites for the Pac-12 Title.
Many would still tell you that now. SC is 6-0, and Utah is 4-2 but undefeated at home. With this game being in Salt Lake City, they'll have the chance to continue staying hot at home for a bounce-back W after they lost by 10 points to UCLA in the Rose Bowl last week. It's a game nobody will want to miss.
Therefore, if anyone doesn't have access to a TV on Saturday, please get a free trial for FuboTV so that nobody has to miss the game, and everyone can at least see it via a live stream! If one has access to a TV, the game will be nationally televised. The game's going to be broadcasted on FOX.
Utah has won 11 straight games at home, so this will most certainly be a tough test for the Trojans. One can't run with the "Utah lost to UCLA last week and it wasn't close" narrative, because the Utes truly are a different beast at Rice-Eccles Stadium. SC won the last time they played there, but lost the previous three. They know how difficult it can be.
Utah's offense has been similarly productive to USC Football's.
That's because USC Football's offense has scored 40.2 points per game, and Utah's has scored 40.3. Both are in that top 15 of the country in points per game. They're also a little similar in yards per game too, with SC racking up 461.8 and Utah putting up 457.8 per game. That being said, USC is in the top 25 of that category and Utah is lagging behind at No. 29.
Obviously though, the offenses are similarly productive. That's why this game could very well come down to which defense stands out the most. Prior to the season, that was expected to be Utah by a potentially wide margin.
The season has played out differently, though, with Utah allowing 19 points per game. USC is allowing less at 18.67. It's of course very close, though, so the probable result of this game truly is still up in the air.
It's one of the biggest matchups that the Pac-12 will likely see this year, and a true must-win for two-loss Utah. It'll be showtime football on Saturday, as USC looks to prove that they're back, and start out 7-0 for the first time since 2005.