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2020 WEARESC GAME WEEK GUIDE: AT UTAH

USC (2-0 Ov., 2-0 Pac-12 South)/ UTAH (0-0 Ov., 0-0 Pac-12 South)
Nov. 21: 8:30 p.m. MST/ 7:30 PST/ 10:30 P.M. ET
Televised: ESPN
Radio: AM 790 KABC  
Location: Salt Lake City
Stadium: Rice-Eccles  
Capacity: 45,807
Surface: FieldTurf

Pac-12 schedule – Week 3

Saturday – Nov. 21
UCLA at Oregon (12:30 p.m./ESPN2)
Cal at Oregon State (12:30 p.m./FS1)
Arizona at Washington (5 p.m./FOX)
USC at Utah (7:30 p.m./ESPN)
Washington State at Stanford (7:30 p.m./FS1)
Arizona State at Colorado (cancelled due to COVID)
Note: All times above are Pacific Standard Time.

The opening line: The Trojans opened as 1 1/2-point favorites over Utah.

Projected Saturday Salt Lake City Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 42 degrees, low of 27 degrees, 59 percent humidity, and 10 precipitation.

It should be a very cold evening in Salt Lake City (photo above) for Saturday night’s USC at Utah football game.


Websites:  https://utahutes.com/ / https://usctrojans.com/

Series History:
USC leads the overall series over Utah 12-6-0.
USC playing Utah in Salt Lake City is 2-4.

Last Season: Trojans backup quarterback Matt Fink came off the punch to relieve injured starter Kedon Slovis and passed for 351 yards, leading the Men of Troy to a 30-23 victory over No. 10 Utah in front of an intense Coliseum turnout. Michael Pittman caught 10 passes for a career-high 232 yards and a touchdown. See highlights below:

Current players in the NFL (subject to change)

Utah: Alex Smith (Washington), Star Lotulelei (Bills), Eric Rowe (Dolphins), Garett Bolles (Broncos), Marcus Williams (Saints), Marquise Blair (Seahawks), Devontae Booker (Raiders), Sam Tevi (Chargers), Cody Barton (Seahawks), Tim Patrick (Broncos), Mitch Wishnowsky (49ers), Kylie Fitts (Cardinals), Jackson Barton (Giants), Chase Hansen (Saints), Jaylon Johnson (Bears), Julian Blackmon (Colts), Zack Moss (Bills), Terrell Burgess (Rams), Leki Fotu (Cardinals), Bradlee Anae (Cowboys), John Penisini (Lions).

Former Utah Utes quarterback Alex Smith (photo above) is now the Washington Football Club.

USC: Devon Kennard (Cardinals); Xavier Grimble, Iman Marshall (Ravens); Matt Barkley (Bills), Darion Clark (Bears); Porter Gustin, Malcolm Smith (Browns); Tyron Smith, Antwaun Woods (Cowboys); Jurrell Casey (Broncos); Everson Griffen, Marcus Martin (Lions); Steven Mitchell Jr. (Texans); Michael Pittman, Marvell Tell lll (Colts); Nelson Agholor (Raiders); Uchenne Nwosu (Chargers); Robert Woods (Rams); Austin Jackson (Dolphins); Cameron Smith (Vikings); Marqise Lee (Patriots); Leonard Williams (Giants); Sam Darnold, Chuma Edoga (Jets); Nickell Robey-Coleman, Deontay Burnett (Eagles); Zach Banner, JuJu Smith-Schuster (Steelers); Rasheem Green, Jordan Simmons, Chad Wheeler (Seahawks); Ronald Jones, Aca’Cedric Ware (Buccaneers); Adoree’ Jackson (Titans).

Former Trojans quarterback standout Matt Barkley (photo above) now throws for the Buffalo Bills.

College Football Game of Fame Members

Utah: None

USC: Marcus Allen, Jon Arnett, John Baker, Hal Bedsole, Ricky Bell, Tony Boselli, Tay Brown, Brad Budde, Paul Cleary, Sam Cunningham, Anthony Davis, Morley Drury, John Ferraro, Mike Garrett, Frank Gifford, Mort Kaer, Matt Leinart, Ronnie Lott, Mike McKeever, Dan McMillian, Erny Pinchert, Troy Polamalu, Marvin Powell, Aaron Rosenberg, OJ Simpson, Ernie Smith, harry Smith, Lynn Swann, Cotton Wilburton, Charles White, Richard Wood, Ron Yary, Charles Young, Howard Jones (HC), John McKay (HC), John Robinson (HC), Mel Hein (AC), Aubrey Devine (AC), Bob Blackman (AC), Rickey Huntley (AC), Ken O’Brien (AC), Don Coryell (AC), RC Slocum (AC), Mike McGee (AD).  

Former Trojans quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart (photo above) is part of large group of former USC greats that are in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Members

Utah: Mac Speedie, Larry Wilson

Former Utah safety great Larry Wilson (photo above on right) is just one of two Utes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

USC: Marcus Allen, Red Badgro, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Bruce Matthews, Ron Mix, Anthony Munoz, Junior Seau, OJ Simpson, Lynn Swann, Willie Wood, Ron Yary, Troy Polamalu, Al Davis (owner), Joe Gibbs (coach), Mel Hein (coach).

Legendary USC and NFL offensive tackle Anthony Munoz (photo above) is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Notable Alumni

Utah: Karl Rove (politician), Ted Bundy (serial killer), Ralph Hartley (inventor), JW Marriott Jr. (chairman of Marriott International), Jon Huntsman Jr. (politician), Matthew Davis (actor), Nolan Bushnell (Chuck E. Cheese Pizza chain), Craig Richard Nelson (actor), Allan Howe (politician), Robert Holding (oil, hotel chains), Thomas S. Monson (16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), E. Gordon Lee (President of West Virginia University), Bobo Bennett (US Senator), Shelby Steele (documentary filmmaker, author), Kevin Murphy (TV director voice overs), Olene S. Walker (Utah governor), Edwin Catmull (former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios), Calvin L. Rampton (former Governor of Utah),    

Utah alum Karl Rove (photo above) has been a longtime Republican Party campaign advisor and operative.

USC: Neil Armstrong (astronaut), George Lucas (creator of Star Wars), Andrew Viterbi (co-founder of Qualcomm Inc.), John Wayne (actor), Will Ferrell (comedian and actor), Frank Gehry (Pritzker Prize-winning architect); Jerry Buss (late owner of Los Angeles Lakers), Gary Anderson (symbol designer); Warren Christopher (former Secretary of State); Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (former Prime Minister of Pakistan); America Ferrera (actress); Ron Howard (actor/director/producer) and Julie Chen (journalist); Fayez Tarawneh (former Jordanian Prime Minister); Pat Nixon (former first lady); Forest Whitaker (actor); Robert Zemeckis (director, producer, screenwriter); Shinzo Abe (former Prime Minister of Japan).

Former First Lady Pat Nixon (photo above) is a USC alum, who was married to former President Richard Nixon.


Greg Katz
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Greg Katz

Now in his 58th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football staff writer covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.


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