We take a look behind enemy lines with Nick Dempsey of Conquest Chronicles to learn more about the Trojans. Here's our Q&A:
1 - With Utah
When Utah defeated USC last season most fans assumed (and most still do) that USC and Steve Sarkisian lost a game they should have won. While they give due credit to Utah, fans point to bad play calling and questionable clock management
2 - Do you want Kyle Whittingham as the Trojans coach, and do you think you could get him?
Personally, I just want someone who can coach well, get the most out of their players and get the program back on track. Whittingham seems like he can do that, but I also worry about whether he fits culturally into LA or not. It is a different environment with a different
3 - Talk about the state of the program right now, obviously with the loss of the head coach. Are they banding together, or falling apart?
The players have rallied together. When they were told that Clay Helton would be the interim
4 - Before the season, did you imagine that it could be the Utes, and not a school from LA in the driver's seat
Not even a little bit. I had Utah as a solid 7-5 maybe 8-4. I saw Utah as a good team that just happened to have the unfortunate circumstance of playing in a loaded division.
5 - Do you think USC should be favored in Vegas?
Not really. On paper Utah is a better team right now, fortunately for us college football games are not decided on paper which is probably what Vegas is factoring into their line for this game. USC is at home, but that has not been much of an advantage lately as USC
6 - How do you see this game playing out?
I can see a similar patter playing out. USC may have flashes of brilliance throughout this game but can they finish, and can they slow down the Utah rushing attack?
7 - If Utah beats USC, how do they do it?
USC has struggled with stopping the inside run all season long and Utah happens to have one of the best running backs in the business. Utah on offense should focus on running the ball for big gains, and then take some shots downfield in the right spots.
The USC offense relies heavily on explosive plays and yards after catch so keeping plays in front of them will be key for Utah. The USC offensive line is struggling so Utah should not be afraid to bring pressure on Cody Kessler.
Thank you to Nick for spending some time with us, make sure to check out all of his work over at Conquest Chronicles.