USC vs. Arizona Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the USC vs. Arizona fearless prediction and game preview.
USC (7-2) vs. Arizona (6-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 4th
Game Time: 10:45 pm ET
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Arizona State was supposed to be ready to rise up and rock at home in a showdown vs. USC. But a funny thing happened along the way to the Sun Devils taking over the Pac-12 South.
They lost 48-17.
And now it’s Arizona’s turn to try taking control of the division race.
The Wildcats are the Pac-12’s hottest team with four straight wins thanks to the rise of QB Khalil Tate for an offense that hung up 45 points or more on the board in each of the last four games and six times on the season.
This is the first road trip on a run of three in the final four games, but the Wildcat offense might just be road game-proof.
If Arizona is the real deal, though, it’s going to have to prove it against a USC team that’s fantastic at home.
And can come really, really close to locking up the South with a win.
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
If Khalil Tate was doing this for Ohio State or Alabama, the Heisman race would be over.
The hottest player in college football has rushed for 840 yards in the last four games with eight touchdowns averaging over 14 yards per carry. But he’s not alone.
As a team, Arizona has rushed for 300 yards or more in each of the last four games on the run are 6-0 when going for over 200 yards. The USC run defense has been solid so far this year, but it got pounded on by Western Michigan to start the season and ripped through by Notre Dame for 377 yards and five scores just a few weeks ago.
Arizona doesn’t bring the power of the Irish offensive line, but it hits just as many home runs. But …
One Reason Why USC Will Win
Oh yeah, the Arizona pass defense.
It’s part of the deal. Arizona runs for a bajillion yards, and teams have to throw to keep up the pace. That’s fine as long as the secondary is coming up with picks to offset all the yards – with nine interceptions in the last two games – but that’s more about sheer volume than anything else.
Washington State’s quarterbacks threw it 84 times in the loss to the Wildcats last week for 602 yards – and four picks.
Cal threw it 49 times two weeks ago, and Josh Rosen kept forcing play after play with three interceptions to try making up for the problems of the UCLA run defense.
Yes, yes, yes, Sam Darnold might be a turnover machine at times, but last week he didn’t throw a pick against Arizona State, the offensive line blasted away for a huge day from the Trojan ground game, and the Trojans won with ease.
USC will have more balance than Colorado, UCLA, Cal and Wazzu did. Darnold doesn’t have to force anything.
What’s Going To Happen
Can USC bottle up Tate and the Arizona offense? No, but it’ll come up with just enough third down stops to survive.
Darnold will throw a few picks, and the USC offense won’t be as sharp as it was last week, but the O line will continue to play with power, the passing attack will roll for over 300 yards, and the Trojans will take advantage of home field to take control of the South.
It’ll be a thriller.
USC vs. Arizona Prediction
USC 48, Arizona 40
USC -7.5, o/u: 73
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