It’s payback time.
The No. 4 Trojans are on the brink of history with a possible college football playoff berth after just four wins in 2021. But USC will need to pass No. 11 Utah in the 2022 Pac-12 Championship to get there. over there.
USC vs. Utah is the rematch most Trojan fans have been waiting for, a chance to avenge a last-minute 43-42 loss to the Utes in Game 7 of the season in Salt Lake City, which remains the only blemish on the team. USC record. Utah has lost just one more game after USC’s victory, a 20-17 loss to Oregon. The Trojans are 1-2 in rematch games after losing the first meeting. Coach lincoln riley is 2-0 in conference championship games in a rematch against opponents his team lost in the regular season.
USC defense will get a second chance with mobile quarterback and veteran cameron rising, who passed for 415 yards and scored five total TDs against the Trojans. The promotion has not been 100 percent since the win, sitting out a game with a knee injury. Rising hasn’t rushed for a TD since USC gained or rushed for more than 45 yards in any game. He’s still No. 3 in rushing among Pac-12 quarterbacks with 391 yards.
Rising is ninth in passing yards (2,629), seventh in passing touchdowns (22) and third in completion percentage (66.4 percent) going into this matchup. Rising has thrown seven interceptions in 11 games, four picks since USC’s win.
Here’s how to watch USC vs. Utah
When: Friday, 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Where: loyal stadium
TV: FOX (Jason Benetti, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)
Radio: Radio AM 790 KABC
Line: USC (-3)
Climate: Clear, sunny, 55 degrees
USC is relatively healthy going into this one with the return of linebacker Eric Gentry in the Notre Dame win. Starting offensive guard Andrew Vorhees did not finish the game with an undisclosed injury.
Utah has been hit hard by injuries since that win over the Trojans. The owner is lstar runner of the last season Thomas Tavion, who ended his college career and season due to a toe turf injury sustained in the Oregon game. Thomas finished No. 4 in rushing yards last season (1,108) and first in rushing touchdowns (21) in the Pac-12. Thomas finishes the season with 687 yards and seven touchdowns, all team highs for the Utes. The defense also took a hit with the loss of defense final van fillinger out for the season due to a lower leg injury; he finished the season with a team-high 18 tackles and five sacks. Running back Jonah Eliss, who has six tackles for loss and three sacks, is questionable for Friday.
hard ending dalton kincaid he had an all-time game against the Trojans with 16 receptions for 234 yards and a score. Since then, he has established himself as the No. 1 weapon for this Utes offense with 66 receptions for 850 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns. Kincaid is coming off an injury in the Colorado win, leaving the game and not returning, even though the result was assured. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said he expects Kincaid to play Friday.