Who Wins USC-Utah? Depends On Utes’ Coaches

I’m trying to figure out who to pick for the USC-Utah game.

But I’d like to know if Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley is going to stubbornly play man-to-man defense like he did in 2019, when Matt Fink came off the bench to lead the Trojans to a 30-23 upset of the No. 10-ranked Utes.

Fink just threw some passes up for grabs and Michael Pittman and Co. were able to outjump the Utah corners for the catches. This was at a time when other defenses were dropping eight players back vs. USC.

Will Scalley try that tactic again? I bet USC hopes so.

24 thoughts on “Who Wins USC-Utah? Depends On Utes’ Coaches

    1. The Trojans O line and TE’s can’t block for shit.

      Caleb has been sacked 11 times this year already.

      Last season Slovis, Dart and Moss were sacked a combined total of 18 times according to ESPN stats.

      That TE Falo I think his name is, he can’t block for shit, absolutely no effort, no following the play, he’ll pretend to throw a block and then stops and stands around

      Why ‘Ol Mule Shoe keeps sending that lazy ass on the field doesn’t make sense.

      https://www.espn.com/college-football/team/stats/_/id/30/season/2022

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      1. Inner Tebowobama: I hope no one notices that I revealed my expertise in shit..I know a lot about it, sort of my calling card. Have shit, will travel. Anyway, I don’t think anyone noticed.

        Now I would like to reminisce a bit about my great granddaddy Old Lukey (aka Ol Mule Shoe). Such fond memories, like asking me to hold a dart board over my head for his lodge buddies. Hence my nickname Winky. He was such a jokester.

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  1. The analysis on this blog is staggering. Jump passes? 11 sacks? Andy Ludwig is the offensive coordinator for Utah. That alone should tell you how this game is going to go.

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  2. I hope not because if they do . 1) We must run on first down, to control time possession 2) Throw short passes and screens with Dye n Releek make them pay for dropping 8. 3) Have WR run crossing routes where they can take advantage of their speed . 4) Defense must be stout against the run. 5) Play press coverage on receivers since they don’t possess blazing speed. 6) Communication between coaches to in game adjustments. 7) Take care of the ball. If we follow at least 5 of those keys we should win 46 hours to game time.

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    1. In case you haven’t noticed the Helton days are over, USC has a new coach now. These guys don’t get bullied. But you can stay in your pretend little world where Clay Helton is all you remember.

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    2. So, in other words, at one point Utah is ahead 49-14? I don’t think so!!! I’m not confident that SC can win this game but they won’t lose like that(unless Caleb gets hurt)

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      1. parcelman007,
        SC can either win or lose. However, it is how SC plays that will determine if SC is a pretender by blinking or the real thing by hitting utah in the mouth. If SC give utah a big problem then it will be a good day.

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      1. This score is not impossible, George….but it will require an unusual amount of creativity from the Pac 12 officiating crew…..

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      2. Tirebiter
        Imagine this. Utah is on their own one yard line. The Utah QB drops back into his own end zone to pass. Right before he is hit for a safety, lightning strikes and slices the ball in two. So he gets tackled for a safety carrying only half the ball. Half of a safety is one point. It could happen.

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    1. HI CHARLES
      IN 1950 GIVE OR TAKE A YEAR LOYOLA UNIV PLAYED HARDIN SIMMONS IN A FOOTBALL GAME THAT I ATTENDED AT GILMORE FIELD WHICH WAS LOCATED AT BEVERLY BLVD AND FAIRFAX AVE

      HERES THE KICKER

      LOYOLA WON 35-33

      THREE OR FOUR LOYOLA GUYS OFF THAT TEAM MADE THE NFL

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      1. Tirebiter
        I wonder what is at Beverly Blvd. and Fairfax today. Probably a shopping center or an apartment building.

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    1. OK. The ball is split and SC recovers one half of the football and the other half accidently gets knocks out of the end zone.

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  3. This game is very hard to predict, but it will be a fight and USC will not give up. I would say that Riley will use alot more of his playbook in this game, but it is very possible that in the first half, if the game is close, he will not open it all the way. He wants to save more stuff for the UCLA game.

    I would say that Riley will adjust his offense to whatever Utah throws at them. I assume Utah will do alot of movement in the defense, to try to confuse Caleb. The USC offense all comes down to the line of scrimmage and I think the run game plays an important part throughout the game. If USC can run on them, it is going to be USC winning for sure. If USC cant run then it is all on Caleb Williams and those receivers.

    Receivers will not be dropping a ton of balls like last weekend. I see alot more play diversity as well.

    On the other side of the ball, USC needs to stop the long gashing runs and I think this defense gets a bit better every week.

    The one factor that might prevent USC from winning is that high altitude. Part of the reason USC has won second half of each game is their conditioning. But without acclimation, that might not help in this game. So USC needs to be leading at halftime.

    Utah has an unfair advantage in every home game it plays. The altitude is a very real factor.

    USC 34 Utah 31 in a very tough fight win. And the refs will be horrible and biased, again.

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