Critical showdown might be an understatement. Neither QB was pretty last week, and their Pac12 South hopes hinge on someone doing better than last week. Both players looked awful.

After a one-week hiatus, Travis Wilson will be back at starting quarterback as No. 19 Utah hosts No. 20 USC in a critical Pac-12 South showdown Saturday.

Kendal Thompson, a transfer from Oklahoma, replaced Wilson in Utah's win at UCLA on Oct. 4.

During the subsequent bye week, coach Kyle Whittingham opened up the competition and kept his decision quiet before Utah's trip to Oregon State last Thursday. Thompson got the start, but he struggled in the first half and was replaced by Wilson for the second half.

Neither quarterback performed particularly well in the Utes' 29-23 double-overtime win over the Beavers. Thompson was just 4-of-8 for 17 yards and an interception. Wilson was 5-of-10 for 45 yards. Neither quarterback threw a touchdown.