Through 3 Quarters

The USC Trojans are on the road but looking no worse for wear. They have emerged as the frontrunner after three quarters and are ahead of the Utah Utes 30-17. USC has enjoyed the tag-team combination of RB Vavae Malepeai and WR Tyler Vaughns. The former has punched in one rushing touchdown, while the latter has caught four passes for one TD and 62 yards.

The USC defense has been merciless to the quarterback and currently has four sacks accrued. That goes a long way towards explaining why the Trojans have a good chance of pulling out a victory.

Who's Playing

No. 22 USC @ No. 11 Utah

What to Know

The Utah Utes will face off against the USC Trojans at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah finished a solid 11-2 in the regular season last season, but they are hoping to make up for a 38-10 loss to the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl. USC was 8-5 last year and is coming off of a 34-30 victory against the Arizona Wildcats last week.

A pair of last-season stats to keep an eye on: The Utes were third best in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, finishing the 2019 season giving up only 81.8 on average. Less enviably, USC ranked 12th worst in the nation with respect to rushing yards per game last year, where the squad accrued only 118.2 on average (bottom 92%). The good news for USC, of course, is that these forces working against them might not carry over into the new season.

The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close contest. We'll see if the game is as close as the oddsmakers expect or if one of these teams has a surprise blowout in them.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium -- Salt Lake City, Utah
  • TV: ESPN
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Trojans are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Utes, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Trojans as a 3-point favorite.

Over/Under: -114

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Series History

USC have won three out of their last five games against Utah.

  • Sep 20, 2019 - USC 30 vs. Utah 23
  • Oct 20, 2018 - Utah 41 vs. USC 28
  • Oct 14, 2017 - USC 28 vs. Utah 27
  • Sep 23, 2016 - Utah 31 vs. USC 27
  • Oct 24, 2015 - USC 42 vs. Utah 24