Five storylines: USC vs. Utah 

October, 2, 2012
1. Two teams with a lot to lose: Coming into the season, this was penciled in as a highlight matchup between the expected front-runners for the Pac-12 South. Instead, both teams already have a conference loss, so another defeat would really be a blow in terms of conference standings.

2. USC defensive pressure vs. Utah QB Jon Hays: The Utes have given up 11 sacks behind an inexperienced offensive line, while the Trojans already have 16 sacks to their credit. Look for USC's pass-rushers to pin their ears back and come after Hays early and often.

3. Homecoming for USC RG John Martinez: Two weeks ago, Martinez went up against his brother, Keni Kaufusi, a defensive lineman at Cal. He won’t face any relatives this week, but it will be homecoming for the former Murray (Utah) Cottonwood star. Martinez will have several former high school teammates lining up for the Utes.