by Greg Katz
LOS ANGELES – We haven’t even reached the homestretch of November, and the USC Trojans (3-3 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) remaining hopes of a Pac-12 South Division title in 2015 will likely sink or swim on the outcome of this Saturday’s battle with the No. 3 Utah Utes (6-0 overall, 3-0 Pac-12).
If you believed the preseason magazines and the electronic media, it’s the Trojans that were expected to be heading into Saturday’s game with Utah as the big bully of the Pac-12 Conference. Instead, in a stunning role reversal, it’s the Utes that are positioning themselves for a conference title and strong consideration for an invitation into the College Football Playoff.
When the Trojans have been their dominant old selves, their calling card has traditionally been that of physical and intimidating brutes. However, today’s Trojans could hardly be classified as throwbacks to the past, although they aren’t exactly marshmallows either. It’s just that they don’t deliver the pain like USC teams of yesteryear.