Six numbers to know about the Utah-USC game


After a tough loss, the Utah Utes are back in action against the USC Trojans. USC coach Clay Helton says he now considers this a rivalry game for the Trojans due to the impact it always has on the Pac-12 South race.

The conference game will be in Los Angeles on Saturday at 6 p.m. MDT. The game will be nationally televised on ABC.

Here are six numbers to get you ready for the conference matchup.

9

USC quarterback Sam Darnold has thrown nine interceptions in the season so far. Darnold rose to national prominence and shot up on NFL draft boards with his campaign last season. Darnold threw for 31 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards for the Trojan offense as a redshirt freshman. This season, he is off to a slower start. He has thrown an interception in each game and has matched his total from last season on 156 fewer throws. Part of the subpar play has been due to the offensive line. Darnold has been sacked 10 times this season, compared to just six times last season, and he has faced pressure from opposing defenses all year.

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Even with Darnold’s down year, he is still projected to be the No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft. Multiple sources, including Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, have Darnold on top of their NFL draft board and consider him a franchise signal-caller for a lucky NFL team in the future. USC has had a storied past with NFL draft picks. The Trojans rank No. 1 out of all college football teams with 80 first-round draft picks in their school history. The Trojans also lead all college football teams in total NFL draft picks with 502. For reference, Utah has had eight first-round picks and 155 total draft picks.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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