The USC Trojans are 3-3, they’ve lost three of four, they’re coming off back-to-back losses to Washington and Notre Dame, they’re coach was fired and they’re unranked.
And yet, USC is favored to beat No. 3 Utah (6-0) this Saturday in Southern Cal.
How is that possible?
“Well, everybody knows USC is very talented, so I could see why they would pick them to be the favorite,” Utah senior wide receiver Kenneth Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “They’re very talented all-around – offense, defense, special teams. And plus, we’re playing against them at home and we have never beat them in their place. So I could see why people are saying they have the edge over us. But knowing me and my team, we’re going to be ready to be in a dogfight. We know they’re a talented team. They’re not going to let down just because we’re the No. 3 team. We’re just going to go out there and do what we got to do.”
The Utes have arguably the most impressive resume in the country. They’ve beaten three teams – Michigan, Oregon and Cal – that were either ranked at kickoff or ranked now. They’re also coming off a dominant 34-18 win over Arizona State in which Scott had five catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, tailback Devontae Booker rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Travis Wilson threw for nearly 300 yards and two scores, and the defense forced two turnovers.
“We’re definitely coming together as a group,” Scott said. “Offensively, we’re doing pretty well from our first start and getting more explosive plays. Defensively, we’re going really great like we always do. We pride ourselves on our defense. Special teams as well. We’re clicking as well. We had one hiccup in a game, which is unexpected from our special teams, but other than that, all our phases are really good. We’re just finally putting it all together. I believe we’re one of the most complete teams in the nation and we’re just going to keep on clicking.”
In fact, Utah is clicking so well that head coach Kyle Whittingham will likely get quite a few job offers later this year – perhaps even from USC. Whittingham has coached at Utah in some capacity since 1994 – including as head coach since 2005 – but will he be gone next year?
“To be honest with you, I believe Coach Whitt is going to stay regardless,” Scott said. “He’s a Utah man and has been here his whole life. The things he’s established here, I believe he wouldn’t trade it for anything. He loves this program, he loves Utah. So honestly, I don’t see him going anywhere. He has built a family here, so I don’t think he’s going to go anywhere.”
Scott, a California native, will have his friends and family on hand this Saturday when Utah takes on the Trojans. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“Most definitely,” Scott said. “I’ll have my support system there. People are going to be cheering me on and getting ready for this game. I can’t wait to be able to smell that California air and be able to hopefully come away with a win there too.”