USC vs. Arizona fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 29
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
USC (2-2) vs. Arizona (2-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why USC Will Win
Arizona’s defense just isn’t doing enough to slow down offenses from moving the chains.
It was helped last week by playing a mediocre Oregon State offense, but even the Beavers converted 47% of their third down tries. On the year, the Wildcats are giving up 45% conversion on third downs, partly because the defensive front isn’t generating a lick of consistent pressure.
The USC offense needs the help.
The Trojans have been leaky in pass protection, and outside of a good opening drive against Washington State, the running game hasn’t been there. This week, there won’t be a problem against this D line.
Also, the USC turnover problems have slowed down. After giving it up three times in Stanford, the Trojan O has turned it over once in the last two games. Arizona’s defense isn’t taking the ball away with just one pick, and no takeaways in any of the three FBS games.
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
The running game found it.
It has improved every week, taking off against Southern Utah two weeks ago and then destroying Oregon State for 442 yards and three scores last week.
USC hasn’t been bad against the run – but it allowed well over five yards per carry against Stanford and wasn’t run on by Washington State. However, the Trojans had a problem against the UNLV backfield. That’s what Arizona is about to bring.
Now we know – Khalil Tate just isn’t going to be a runner. He has just 31 yards on 23 carries so far, but JJ Taylor went off for 284 yards against Oregon State.
The Trojan lines haven’t been anything special, again, there’s no running game, and the D has been shockingly spotty.
At home, this is where the Arizona offense has to take over early on.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s been a weird, strange, inconsistent season so far for USC, and it’s been a weird, strange, inconsistent season for Arizona.
At some point, it seems like one of these two teams will flip the switch and play up to its potential, but even coming off wins, that hasn’t happened yet.
And it’s not going to happen for Arizona, either. But it won’t play poorly in a loss.
The USC defense might not have played like it yet, but it’s a whole lot better than it’s been over the first four games. JT Daniels has been better over the last few weeks. With the performance against Washington State, he’s turning a corner, and it’ll continue against the mediocre Wildcat secondary.
Fearless Prediction & Line
USC 34, Arizona 27
Line: USC -3.5, o/u: 61
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 3
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