Thursday, October 4, 2012

Week 5: USC vs. Utah Preview

The USC Trojans head into a crucial month of football with a 3-1 record. The four October games will set the tone for the rest of the season. USC  must use these ensuing tests as preparation for the showdown with Oregon. Now that frustration with Lane Kiffin and his Trojans program has settled, USC must move on with its goal of a PAC-12 championship. A successful season is still there for the taking and the Trojans must do everything in their power to execute to their best ability.

Why to be Excited?

This is a huge showdown against a fellow PAC-12 south opponent. Believed to be USC’s biggest divisional threat before the season started, this game has been circled on the Trojans calendar since the schedules were released. Utah opened the season with promise in victories over Northern Colorado and BYU, but have dropped their last two contests against Utah State and Arizona State. This should be a game the Trojans handle.

Why to be Grouchy?

This will be a tough road game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. It is never easy to be Kyle Whittingham’s program on their own stomping grounds.  John White is close to returning to 100%, and will help add a new dimension to Utah’s offense. Star Lotulelei has been ranked number 1 on Todd McShay’s big board for the 2013 NFL Draft, and will pose problems for a offensive line that has struggled at times this season.

What to Watch For:

-A hardnosed, toughly contested battle involving two good football teams. The teams will be physical from the opening whistle.

-An angry USC football team. This team is still not happy about the amount of flak it has taken in recent weeks.

The Prediction:

Utah will give USC a tough test, but in the end the weapons of USC’s offense click to perfection. USC pulls away late.

USC 41, Utah 14

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