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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Marcio Jose Sanchez | The Associated Press) file Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley throws against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Thursday on Utah TV: USC is in town looking to go 3-0 in Utah

The USC Trojans are making its third trip to the Beehive State tonight, and the Utah Utes are hoping this college football contest (7 p.m., ESPN) goes better for the home team than the previous two.

In 1917, Southern California trounced Utah 51-0.

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And in 2004, the top-ranked, defending national champion Trojans beat up on BYU, 42-10.

Oh, wait - the Utes don't care about anything to do with the Cougars anymore. I forgot.

At any rate, Utah (2-2) really need a win tonight against the Trojans (3-1) if they want to remain in the running for a Pac-12 division title.

Elsewhere on TV ...

NFL (6 p.m., NFL Network): Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

The Big Bang Theory (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sheldon tries to keep Penny from breaking up with Leonard.

Last Resort (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): More than 20 warships close in on the Colorado.

30 Rock (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Jenna asks Liz to be her bridesmaid. (Season premiere)

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Boot camp continues.

The Next (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): A winner is announced in the finale.

Project Runway (7 and 11:01 p.m., Lifetime): The contestants have to create avant-garde looks.

Two and a Half Men (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): After his relationship with Zoe ends, Walden has a breakdown.

Up All Night (7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A rabid fan (Rachel Dratch) is chasing Ava.

Person of Interest (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Reese gets closer to Finch and his kidnapper.

Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The doctors try to cope with the aftermath of the plane crash.

The Office (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Andy is proud of a discovery he made about his ancestry.

Glee (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Rachel and Kurt get unexpected visitors; a job offer may come between Emma and Will.

Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Leslie tries to extend the community pool hours.

Elementary (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Sherlock investigates when a man is shot and killed while entering his apartment building.

Scandal (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Cyrus and Fitz deal with a foreign-policy emergency.

Rock Center with Brian Williams (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is interviewed.

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