No. 20 USC at Utah: TV info, scouting report and prediction

No. 20 USC in Utah

When: 7:30 p.m. PT Saturday

True: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City

TV / Radio: ESPN / AM 790

Records: USC 2-0; Utah 0-0

2020 USC statistics

QB Kedon Slovis: 70-98, 706 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT

RB Markese Stepp: 26 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown: 14 recs, 213 yards

DT Marlon Tuipulotu: 16 tackles, 1 bag

S Tangaoa Hufanga: 14 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF

USC Injury Report: LIKELY: C Brett Neilon (ankle); ASKABLE: DT Brandon Pili (finger), DL Caleb Tremblay (angel); DOUBT: LB Palaie Gaoteote IV (concussion); OUT: RB Ben Easington (foot infection)

USC wins if: Taking advantage of the youth in Utah’s high school, Slovis eventually breaks out some deep throws, with at least three passes for 30 yards or more. … The Trojan defense will not allow whoever plays quarterback for Utah to feel comfortable with four or more sacks. … USC limits itself to five or fewer sentences.

2019 Utah statistics

RB Devin Brumfield: 59 carries, 263 yards, 2 TDs

TE Brant Kuithe: 34 recs., 602 yards, 6 TDs

WR Bryan Thompson: 18 recs., 461 yards, 3 TDs

LB Devin Lloyd: 91 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 INT

DE Mika Tafua: 47 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FR

Utah Injury Report: N / A

Utah wins if: It plays in a disciplined manner, with no turnover and with few penalties to prevent USC from getting extra scoring opportunities. … The defense can make the USC attack one-dimensional by removing the run game and limiting the Trojans to about 100 yards on the ground. … Utah implements a simple game plan that allows anyone playing quarterback to feel comfortable and find a rhythm.

Prediction: USC 35, Utah 21