Utah and USC will meet in an early Pac-12 South matchup in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. MT. The game between Utah and USC last year, that the Trojans won 42-24 in Los Angeles, proved to be the deciding factor in who represented the Pac-12 South in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Over the last four seasons, the Pac-12 South has seen four different teams win the division, with USC in 2015, Arizona in 2014, Arizona State in 2013, and UCLA in 2012. ESPN Staff Writer Kevin Gemmell explores if a fifth different team in five years can win the Pac-12 South and if that team could be the Utes.
Utah senior wide receiver Tim Patrick has eclipsed 100 yards receiving in two of Utah’s first three games. Salt Lake Tribune writer Kyle Goon tells the story of how Tim Patrick game to Utah via Grossmont College and recaps his career at Utah so far.
Andy Burnett of Pacific Takes gives us three takeaways from Utah’s game against San Jose State last Saturday.
The Sports Xchange at UPI.com breaks down the matchup between Utah and USC. In the article, there is a quote from Browne mentioning he will likely graduate transfer after the season. There is not a score prediction in the article.
Is USC getting desperate after starting 1-2? ESPN Staff Writer Kyle Bonagura insinuates that USC’s decision to bench redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne in favor of redshirt freshman Sam Darold seems like a “panic move.” Browne faced defending national champion Alabama to open the season and Stanford in week three. Darnold saw playing time in all three of USC’s first three games. He was named the starter against Utah by USC head coach Clay Helton on Monday.