LOS ANGELES (AP) Southern California's home winning streak against Utah is older than the 96-year-old Coliseum. The last time USC lost a home game to the Utes was in 1916, when the school whose unofficial nickname had recently changed from the Methodists to the Trojans played downtown at long-gone Fiesta Park.
"I guess everyone is entitled to a bad decade - or a bad century," laughed Kyle Whittingham, the Utah coach for only four of those eight defeats. "History hasn't been good to us in that place. But that doesn't have any bearing on this year."
Indeed, No. 10 Utah seems primed for a victory Friday night that could set a tone for a new century of a rivalry that has picked up ample steam in recent years. The Utes (3-0) return to the Coliseum with a chance to establish themselves firmly as the favorite for a second straight Pac-12 South title by beating the conference's highest-profile team at home.