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USC's bowl chances may ride on Utah game
USC's bowl chances may ride on Utah game

USC players have dealt with plenty of distractions during the last four weeks. Lane Kiffin was fired as coach, interim Coach Ed Orgeron took over and teammates continued to fall because of injuries suffered during and after a loss at Notre Dame. Not exactly ideal circumstances to consider potential bowl-game scenarios. But on Saturday against Utah, the Trojans play what might turn out to be the most pivotal game in deciding their postseason fate. USC has a 13-game schedule, so the Trojans must finish at least 7-6 to be considered automatically bowl-eligible. The Trojans are 4-3, with games remaining against Utah, Oregon State, California, No. 8 Stanford, Colorado and No. 12 UCLA. ...