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Utah football: Utes ready to take on mighty Trojans
College football » Despite shaky start, Utah convinced it can match USC on the field.

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That might be true, but there are a whole lot of Utah fans who hope that process starts Thursday.


At a glance

No. 13 USC at Utah

At Rice-Eccles Stadium

Kickoff » 7 p.m. TV » ESPN Radio » 700 AM

Records » Utah 2-2, 0-1, USC 3-1, 1-1

Series history » USC leads 7-3

Last meeting » USC 23, Utah 14 (Sept. 10, 2011)

About the Utes » They are 6-1 under coach Kyle Whittingham after bye weeks. … Safety Eric Rowe is expected to play after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. … Defensive end Joe Kruger is questionable. … Utah’s offense is averaging just 298.25 yards.

About the Trojans » Beat the Utes 23-14 last year when they blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown for the game’s final score. … Earned a 51-0 win against the Utes in 1917, the last time they played in Salt Lake City. … Marqise Lee leads the Pac-12 averaging 10 catches a game and 182 all-purpose yards a game.

Pulling rank

Utah vs. Top 25 team since ‘09:

2009 No. 4 TCU L, 55-28

2009 No. 18 BYU L, 26-23

2010 No. 15 Pitt W, 27-24

2010 No. 4 TCU, L, 47-7

2010 No. 10 Boise L, 26-3

2011 No. 22 ASU L, 35-14

2012 No. 25 BYU W, 24-21

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