No. 7 USC seeking 7th straight win over No. 20 Utah

No. 7 Southern California (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) at No. 20 Utah (4-2, 2-1), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Fox)

Line: Utah by 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Southern California leads 13-7.

The Trojans are off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 2006. This version of USC, led by coach Pete Carroll, lost Game 7 at Oregon State, 33-31. It won’t be easy for Caleb Williams and company at Rice-Eccles Stadium, where the Utes are 81-25 under coach Kyle Whittingham. Utah increased stadium capacity to 51,444 with an expansion in 2021. The Utes were chosen to win the Pac-12 by the media in a preseason poll. They saw their seven-game Pac-12 conference winning streak snapped by UCLA last weekend.

Utah must find a way to contain Southern California defensive lineman Tuli Tuipulotu, who is coming off a monster performance against Washington State. He had four tackles for loss and three sacks, including two in three games in the first quarter. The Utes are allowing less than a sack per game behind an offensive line led by Braeden Daniels, Keaton Bills, Paul Maile, Michael Mokofisi and Sataoa Laumea.

Southern California: WR Jordan Addison, who leads the team with 32 catches and 479 yards. He also had six touchdowns. The Pittsburgh transfer is tied for the team lead in touchdowns with running back Travis Dye.

Utah: RB Tavion Thomas. He was nominated for Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 91 yards and a score at UCLA. Thomas has rushed for over 2,000 yards in his career with Cincinnati and Utah.

This is the first time the Trojans will face a ranked opponent this season. … Trojans linebacker Carson Tabaracci was traded this fall from Utah after spending the spring with the Utes. … Utah is 4-3 against USC in Salt Lake City. … The Utes lead the conference in yards allowed (179.3), time of possession (33:01) and total defense (315.8). … Under Whittingham, Utah is 66-23 when ranked in the AP Top 25. … The Utah defense has 10 interceptions, including five by Clark Phillips III. … USC linebacker Tayler Katoa’s sister, Eliza, was an outside hitter for the Utes volleyball team.

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