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USC’s Kiffin very wary of Utah State, QB Keeton

GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer
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Southern California running back Justin Davis, left, scores past Boston College defensive back Dominique Williams during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. USC won 35-7. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Southern California running back Justin Davis, left, scores past Boston College defensive back Dominique Williams during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. USC won 35-7. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time Southern California coach Lane Kiffin was done talking this week, the Trojans and their fans were certain Utah State is a BCS title contender and quarterback Chuckie Keeton is a Heisman Trophy front-runner.

Kiffin isn’t blowing smoke at the Aggies (2-1) to get the attention of his Trojans (2-1), either. He really does hold Keeton and his high-scoring team in a regard bordering on fear heading into their meeting Saturday.

After following up a narrow season-opening loss to Utah with two blowout wins, Utah State and new coach Matt Wells have the chance to cement the long-struggling program’s recent renaissance with its first victory over traditional power USC in five tries.

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, right, carries the ball against Air Force during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Air Force Academy, Colo. Utah State won 52-20. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Kent Nishimura)

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, right, carries the ball against Air Force during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Air Force Academy, Colo. Utah State won 52-20. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Kent Nishimura)

The Aggies have won 18 of their last 22 games over the past two seasons, with those four losses by a combined 10 points.

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