Associated Press Published: October 3, 2012
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Utah: RG Siaosi Aiono makes his first collegiate start and fellow freshman Jeremiah Poutasi makes only his third at right tackle as Utah reshuffles its O line again. The Utes have struggled to run the ball and protect the passer. A defense led by S T.J. McDonald, who packs a punch and can double as a defensive end, won't make it any easier.

FACTS & FIGURES

The last time USC played in the state of Utah, it beat BYU 42-10 in Provo in 2004 en route to a national championship. ... Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is 6-1 coming off regular-season byes. ... Utah has won eight straight Thursday night games while USC is 22-10-4 on Thursdays. ... Utah and USC have not played in Salt Lake City in 95 years. ... Utah's roster features 37 California natives.



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