The Urban Meyer To USC Watch To Begin As The Utes and Trojans Clash
By: Tony Thomas
September 17, 2019
Utah and USC will meet on Friday at the L.A. Coliseum in a PAC-12 showdown.
The Utes (3-0) run the ball extremely well, led by RB Zack Moss who is averaging 124 yards rushing per game. QB Tyler Huntley leads the passing attack with 602 yards and 4 TD’s and no INT’s, and he has rushed for 1 score.
The Utah defense is one of the best in the country, ranking in the top 8 nationally in rushing defense, scoring defense, and total defense. They are +4 in turnover margin and have intercepted 4 passes, returning two for touchdowns against BYU. They have recorded 7 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
USC (2-1) is led on the field by freshman QB Kedon Slovis, pressed into service when starting QB J.T. Daniels went out for the season with a torn ACL. Slovis has thrown for 715 yards and 5 TD’s, but has also thrown 4 INT’s.
The Trojan defense has racked up 9 sacks in 3 games and has recorded 21 tackles for loss. It should be interesting to see how they matchup against the Utah offensive line, which has yet to allow a sack this season.
Another storyline of the game revolves around Urban Meyer, former Ohio State head coach, and current member of the Fox Sports College Football broadcast team. Meyer will be at the game to provide pre-game and post-game analysis for Fox.
Look for USC fans to begin shouting “we want Urban” early and often if this game gets out of hand for the Trojans. Clay Helton is not a long term option as head coach for a storied program like USC after going 5-7 last year. They have the facilities and the resources to lure Meyer out of retirement and out of the broadcast booth to lead the Men of Troy. It should be fun to watch.
Utah will control the line of scrimmage and will give the Trojans a heavy dose of Moss to establish the running game. The Utes defense will play lights out and the “Urban Meyer to USC” watch will officially begin.
My pick to win: Utah
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