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USC vs. Utah: 5 things to see when the Trojans host Utes

USC running back Keaontay Ingram celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Oregon State

USC, running back Keaontay Ingram, are celebrating after scoring a touchdown against Oregon State on Sept. 25 at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The comforts of home have not been comforting to USC this season. The Trojans are 0-2 in Pac-12 matches at the Colosseum. If they have any hopes of staying in the conference race, they can not afford to lose this week. Utah is 2-2, fresh after a goodbye after its own difficult start to the season, but brings a solid defense to the Colosseum. USC, who go in as a three-point favorite, have not won games in a row this season, but have also not lost to Utah at home since the Colosseum was built.

“I do not think anyone should come into your own home and wreak havoc,” said wide receiver Drake London, “so that’s definitely a point made this week.”

Both teams are at a crucial crossroads ahead of Saturday’s end at 5pm on Fox.

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When Keaontay Ingram found his step last Saturday, averaging more than nine yards per carry. Bear, USC’s offense finally seemed to find the balance it sought. As Colorado focused on stopping London, Ingram ran wild, and USC unlocked all of its capabilities at its Air Raid offense, surpassing 200 rushing yards for the first time in nearly two years.

Finding that balance is not coming so easily this week. Utah’s defense has allowed only 3.56 yards per game. Bear, good for third place in the Pac-12 while giving up just two touchdowns, the fewest of any team in the conference. Before saying goodbye last week, Utah held Washington State to a paltry 70 rushing yards.

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