Coming off a redemption win against Washington State last week, the Trojans defense will be put to the test as they square off against Keeton and the rest of the Aggie's explosive offense.
USC captain Devon Kennard says the Trojans have been prepping on both sides of the ball in anticipation for the dual-threat QB.
"He's very talented, we're expecting his best game," said Kennard. "We're going to have our hands full, but I feel confident in our scheme and what we have going on for this week, and it's going to be a lot of fun."
Keeton has led the Aggies to over 900 total yards so far this season, throwing five touchdowns in the past two games. Topping it off, Keeton has 50 career touchdowns.
During practice, walk-on Connor Sullivan has been taking reps as the service team QB, and has earned himself a new nickname.
"We call him ‘Connor Football,'" said Kennard. "We've been calling him that all week because he's been throwing really well, so that's been the running joke. He's doing a great job running all over the place and giving us a great look."
Looking past Keeton, Kennard says the rest of the Utah State offense will be a handful for the Trojans.
"It's going to be a challenge, they got talent all over the field," said Kennard." "They got running backs and receivers who can really play well so it's going to be a good game."
"They do well," said Kennard discussing the Aggie's offensive line. "I mean they do everything well. They run, block, and pass block pretty well, so we got our hands full as a defensive front. We're excited for this opportunity to go against this caliber of offense."
USC's defense has been consistently strong all season. The Trojans are ranked nationally in the top ten in rushing defense, sacks, total defense, interceptions, pass efficiency defense, tackles for loss and scoring defense, according to USC Athletics. But Kennard says the Trojans aren't stopping there.
"We got to keep getting better," said Kennard. "We're not done yet. We didn't get any turnovers last week, we didn't get any sacks last week. They're going to give us a huge challenge this week to make that happen but we're going to do our best."
"We want to win," continued Kennard. "Our number one goal is to win the game, and we want to play as well as we can on defense. If we can stop them from scoring, we're going to do so. If we're going to get five, plus turnover in a game, we're going to do so. I think we play with that kind of energy day in and day out and it's paying off."