USC vs. Utah: Game Grades, Analysis for Trojans

This has kept many Pac-12 competitors from overtaking the Trojans in terms of talent despite USC's scholarship limitations.

"The public bettors believe that any time you make a move to the backup it doesn't bode well for the team", Scott Cooley of said.

With 270 yards and two touchdowns, Williams proved himself the leader of a risky passing offense.

In the third quarter, the Trojans took off where they started, dominating the game on offense.

USC has been gashed by the run game in two of its three games. And while Whittingham had the confidence to keep his offense on the field on fourth down, USC's Clay Helton opted to punt on 4th & 3 from the Utah 37.

On the opposite sideline, there's a little revenge at stake for the Utes. The call paid off as Zack Moss, who rushed for 90 yards on the night, plunged forward for two yards.

Series history: USC leads the all-time series 10-4, including a 42-24 victory previous year. College hours ago - Is Utah ready to show the world it's ready to make a national splash?

Big 12 watch: It's no secret that the Cougars want in on the Big 12, and a win over one of the Big 12's last two remaining undefeated programs would certainly reinforce the idea that BYU would be a great fit in the conference. The college football odds for the game have the Utes favored to pick up the victory at home.

Utah excels at getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. All other league games on TV will be on Pac-12 Networks. With under 30 seconds left in the game Utah was easily in field goal range and had 2 time outs. Marcus Williams, Sunia Tauteoli and Reginald Porter have two interceptions apiece through three games - making them co-leaders in the Pac-12 in that category. Remember, Browne and Darnold were neck-and-neck throughout fall camp, so it's not like there was that big of difference between the two to begin with.

For Jackson, it was the sixth time he has run a kick back for a touchdown in his career.

Tim Patrick has blossomed into a true downfield threat for the Utes. With 4 TD passes and 4 INTs, those numbers will need to change if the Utes plan on running through conference play in search of a bowl appearance this season.

One game separated first place from a four-way tie for second previous year in the Mountain division in the Mountain West Conference. "It's no surprise to us that he's performing the way he is". "We lost to Utah and got better and better and better every week". "We were hoping for that past year, but he wasn't available". Darreus Rogers (WR) and Deontay Burnett (WR) have combined for 250 yards receiving so far this season. Tight end Taylor McNamara picked Darnold up from behind in celebration. Raelon Singleton, the Utes' no. 2 wide receiver, has 98 yards on just five catches through three games. They could be back on the rise, but it may not be this season. Pass protection was strong all night, as USC didn't record a sack, and Utah had possession for almost 38 minutes. The helmet of a Utah linebacker knocked the ball loose, but he fell on it.

Utah's aggressive defense is not the best matchup for USC's new quarterback.

How Utah does against USC will offer a measuring stick for whether or not the Utes can challenge for a Pac-12 South title. However, when the defense allows 5.85 yards per carry - as it did in losses to Alabama and Stanford - it's tough for any offense to win games.



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