USC is 4-1 in league play, placing it squarely in the middle of the conference title chase.
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) -
In a Top-25 matchup between Pac-12 Conference foes, the 20th- ranked USC Trojans pay a visit to the 19th-ranked Utah Utes.
Despite a roller coaster past couple of seasons, USC has been a common sight in the national rankings. The Trojans piled up 56 points in a win over Colorado last Saturday, which was a nice follow-up to a 28-26 road upset of Arizona. USC is now 5-2 overall and 4-1 in league play, placing it squarely in the middle of the conference title chase.
Utah's short tenure in the Pac-12 has not led to a lot of big wins or national attention, but the Utes are hoping to changed all that this season. They boast a record of 5-1 overall, and their No. 19 ranking is their highest since November of 2010 when they were still members of the Mountain West Conference. Utah is just 2-1 in league play, however, so it still has to maintain its current level of success to have a shot at the conference crown.
The year of running backs
Brandon Lawrence, FBS Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
We've all noticed the trend: NFL teams are more reliant on the passing game offensively than ever before, which makes the running back position more of a commodity than a necessity.
That wasn't always the case, though. Decades ago, the running game was the most effective way to move the ball down the field. But with such athletic and talented passers nowadays, it's become commonplace for the majority of downs to be passes.
The devaluation of the running back position at the highest level was epitomized in May, when the first running back taken in the NFL Draft - Washington's Bishop Sankey to Tennessee - was the lowest selection for a player at the position in the history of the draft (54th overall pick - second round).