The Trojans will meet the Utes in a game previously promoted as the greatest event in Utah football history. A lot has changed since then, beginning with a Southern California loss to Stanford and fall from the top 10. Instead of facing the No. 1 team in America, the Utes will face a thirteenth ranked program looking to regain its offensive rhythm and play to preseason expectations.
Thursday’s game will mark the eleventh meeting between the two schools, and the first Trojan trip to Salt Lake City since 1917. Six of the previous ten games were played in Los Angeles, and the teams would also meet twice on neutral fields.