All is going right for the USC Trojans at the moment. They’re coming off a 45-20 victory over the Stanford Cardinal, jumped back into the Ap Top 25 after not making the pre-season rankings, and their offense, led by true freshman Kedon Slovis, is clicking after losing their starting quarterback JT Daniels for the season. Next week they’ll have a huge Pac-12 south showdown with the Utah Utes. Amazing right? However, there's one game that could throw a wrench in that good feeling that many Trojan fans are feeling right now. The one that’s coming up this week in Provo against the BYU Cougars.
BYU is coming off an overtime road victory over Tennessee and with USC coming to town, you can expect the Cougars to bring their game. Meanwhile the Trojans are coming off a good win over Stanford and Utah coming up. Could USC possibly be heading into a trap game against BYU?
The game in Provo has been mentioned as one of the tough games through the Trojans 5 game stretch and for good reason. BYU tends to play teams tough, especially at home. USC also has a true freshman starting a road game in place of an injured JT Daniels. As mentioed before, the Trojans are coming off a huge win over Stanford and has another critical Pac-12 match up with Utah next week. Those combine is a receipt for a trap game.
USC has a lot to prove on the road. Last season USC went 2-4 on the road with their wins coming against Arizona and Oregon State. The Trojans road history under Clay Helton is what hurt many fans confidence coming into this game. One piece of good news is that BYU has only had one winning record at home under head coach Kalani Sitake. The Cougars are 10-10 overall at LaVell Edwards Stadium. While they’re a tough team at home, BYU hasn’t have been an inconsistent team. They do however have a history of beating power 5 programs. Last year they upset No. 6 Wisconsin on the road and last week defeated Tennessee in overtime.
USC has been prone to falling victim to trap games in the past, but could things change? The Trojans showed that they want to dispel the talk of the program going downhill and silence doubters. So far they’ve done that against Stanford, but thing about sports is that narratives can change week to week. A loss to BYU will make that talk even louder.