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The staff makes their predictions for Utah's tough test against the Trojans

It'll be a battle on Saturday, and the USR staff takes their shots at who wins the matchup

Gorringe

Amazingly, Utah is back to being the underdog, a role they've thrived in, and being the underdog while being the #3 ranked team in the country will provide them with lots of motivation. USC is certainly the most talented team Utah will face all year, but the off the field drama is something that has absolutely had an impact on the Trojans. Cody Kessler is an outstanding QB, and JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree Jackson are game breakers, but the Utes are the better coached team, and better overall team. The Utes should be able to dominate the line of scrimmage, and that will ultimately be the reason why they pull out the big win on the road.

Utah 34 USC 24

Harris

I've got to think at the beginning of the season Coach Whitt had this game circled, as he knew what his team was capable of and how important a win at the Colosseum would be. Now with his team ranked #3 in the country and still picked to lose, he may pull out all the stops, similar to the Oregon game. USC is vulnerable on defense and explosive on offense, but just like every other team this year, they haven't faced a defense like Utah. Booker should run all over the Trojans, leading the Utes to 7-0.  

Utah 38 USC 24

Herrera

Utah is going to be motivated by the fact that they are the underdogs despite being undefeated. The defense will have its hands full trying to stop some excellent athletes on the USC offense. It's the same formula as previous games however. Play assignment sound & wrap up on the ball carrier. The offense should be able to pick apart a weak USC defense & keep Utah ahead with a comfortable lead. Especially since USC's run defense isn't great

Utah 37 USC 24

Stevens

In a season that has seen Utah climb to heights that even the most die hard fan wouldn't have believed - here is another opportunity for the Utes to make a statement. On the road, ranked #3 in the nation, and still the underdog according to Vegas lines. You can almost guarantee that Whitt and the rest of the coaching staff have been using that underdog status as motivation all week long. USC on the other hand looks like a boat with no rudder. Utah holds USC's potent offense in check and Travis Wilson, Devontae Booker and Kenneth Scott come back home to slay another giant. 

Utah 35 USC 21

Swinney

This is Utah's toughest game remaining, and may be their toughest game of the season. It's against a team that is really hard to pinpoint as wo exactly what they are, or why they'll be week to week. USC should be more prepared this week than last against Notre Dame when Clay Helton had less than a week to prepare for his first game as the head man. Now he's had a full week. USC is battling injuries issues, and their defensive front is a combination of injuried and/or inexperienced. The Utes should be able to run the ball, limit USC's big plays, and get enough out of Wilson and the passing game to squeeze by and move to 7-0. At this point, it's just silly to pick against them.

Utah 27 USC 24


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