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USC (3-3) vs. Arizona (2-4) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Is USC through the storm?
The Trojans looked dead and buried after losing at Stanford with no offense, and being hit at Utah without a late defensive stop. But after handling Arizona State its first loss of the season, and with a good home win over a plucky Colorado team, the next three games – at Arizona, Cal, Oregon – don’t look all that bad before going to Washington.
With Sam Darnold taking over at quarterback, the offense has looked better, the weapons have gotten involved more, and now this might turn out to be the team that can actually win the Pac-12 South, even with a loss up in Seattle in a few weeks.
It’s not the killer team many were hoping for, and the defense hasn’t been a rock, but it’s been good enough – and that might be just enough in a mediocre year for the division.
Arizona already got its Washington game out of the way, and it almost pulled it off in a tough overtime loss. But after fighting the good fight over the first month of the season, injuries – especially at quarterback – have taken their toll. The defense was never going to be anything special, but the offense was supposed to pick up the slack.
Anu Solomon is still out with a knee problem, and Brandon Dawkins got knocked out against Utah with a concussion. Freshman Khalil Tate did what he could over the last two weeks when getting in the games against UCLA and Utah – with three touchdown passes, a pick and 112 rushing yards – but overall, the Wildcats just aren’t cranking out enough rushing production.
That’ll be a problem again for a USC defense that’s stepped up its production on the defensive front with the linebacking corps playing better and better – Uchenna Nwosu rocked last week with ten tackles against Colorado – and should keep the Cats ground game down.
USC has yet to win a game away from L.A. This week will stop the slide.
USC vs. Arizona Prediction
Final Score: USC 34, Arizona 23
Line: USC -8, o/u: 64.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash machine – 1: British pound investing … 2
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