USC Football kicks off on Friday at 5:00 p.m. PT for the PAC-12 Championship Game against the Utah Utes. To view the game via a live stream, go ahead and click this link and get a free trial to FuboTV. It's a game that nobody better miss, as it's the biggest one of the season. With USC ranked No. 4 in the country, it's simple: The Trojans win and they're in (the College Football Playoff).
If fans reading this have access to a TV, the game will be on Fox. So, USC gets a great situation on Friday when it comes to exposure. They'll be the only Power 5 game on that day, they'll be on at a good primetime slot at 5 p.m. PT, and they'll be nationally televised on Fox. They won't have to worry about half the country not being able to watch them on the PAC-12 Network.
USC should come into this game with a lot of confidence against No. 11 Utah. They have the No. 3 offense in all of college football--racking up 42.5 points per game on the season. Utah, though, has a great offense themselves. They are averaging 39.4 points per contest on the year, which is 10th in college football.
They put up 43 points on the Trojans' D when they played USC earlier this season. That was enough for the win, but it's important to remember that Utah scored 14 of those off of terrible roughing the passer calls that extended their drives after stops. The PAC-12 even admitted that they were the wrong calls.
USC Football proved that they were the better team when they met up earlier this season.
Without the objectively awful officiating, USC Football wins that game. Also, it's worth bringing up the reality that Utah is not the same team away from home. They haven't lost a game at home since USC beat them in 2020. All three of their losses this year were not at home. They're not as good away from Rice-Eccles Stadium.
They've lost four out of their last seven games on the road or at neutral locations. If SC can barely lose to them by one point on the road, despite awful officiating, they most certainly can get a win here in a neutral location, after they are also healthier with Eric Gentry and Jordan Addison back on the field.
Those two got hurt and couldn't play in the biggest moments of the regular season game against Utah. Now that they're back, SC is likely to win this one. Again; they're the better team. There's a reason they're 11-1 compared to Utah's 9-3. Utah's resume also comes with a bad loss to the 6-6 Florida Gators.