USC vs. Arizona State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction

Check out the USC vs. Arizona State fearless prediction and game preview.

USC (1-3) vs. Arizona State (4-0) Game Preview


Date: Saturday, Oct. 1
Game Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Network: FOX

Why Arizona State Will Win

The offense took on two of the most explosive and impressive offenses in college football and it survived.

Blow off the stats. ASU has the nation’s worst pass defense, and it’s allowing almost 500 yards per game so far, but it also had to deal with Texas Tech and California in two epic shootouts.

But the Sun Devil offense was able to keep up the pace.

This is still a young, developing team trying to find its way through the world, but it’s getting the job done in clutch moments and with a quarterback in Manny Wilkins who’s proving to be mature enough to handle the work. He’ll throw a pick, but he’ll also be deadly accurate – forget the UTSA game, he’s been sensational hitting 70% of his throws, or better, in the other three games.

USC might have faced four fantastic defenses in the first four games, but other than the Utah State win, it hasn’t shown enough spark to prove it can keep up. The talent is there, but it’s just not meshing.

Why USC Will Win

Sam Darnold looked like he’s it. Everyone was trying to look for reasons to make him the starter and main man from the start, but it was Max Browne who was considered the safer choice to deal with Alabama.

That didn’t work out too hot.

Darnold was outstanding in his first start, completing 18-of-26 passes for 253 yards against Utah in a rough setting against a strong defense playing in bad weather. Mobile, he ran for 41 yards and a score, too.

Overall, USC is way too good to be 1-4 to start the season. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but this is desperation time for the program that still has the upside and potential to win the Pac-12 South, but it has to pull out all the stops. Finally, it’s playing a defense it should be able to handle, and now is when the offense – like in the Utah State game – should be able to kick it all in with balance and explosion.

At least that’s the hope.

What’s Going To Happen?

Arizona State is legit. The special teams are playing well, the offense has the balance and versatility to do what it needs to do, and the defense, again, is better than the stats.

But USC will start to look stronger.

Getting the extra day off will help, being at home will help, and despite a slew of injuries and issues, one win over Arizona State will chill everything out – at least until Colorado and its offense comes to town.

USC vs. Arizona State Prediction

Final Score: USC 34, Arizona State 30

Line: USC -10, o/u: 64

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