The USC Trojans are favorites on the road against the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats in a game that could propel the winner into prime position to capture the Pac-12 South title. Then again, nothing is really for certain in this conference any more. After losing to Arizona State, 38-34, the Trojans come back focused, determined on improving their 3-2 record.
The Wildcats are coming home following their biggest win of the season, upsetting then-No. 2 Oregon, 31-24, last Thursday night. Led by redshirt freshman standout Anu Solomon, and an explosive passing attack with some of the best wideouts in the Pac-12, the Wildcats average over 350 yards passing per game.
Time/TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill)
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tuscon, Ariz.
Betting Line: USC by 2.5
Radio: ESPN Radio (Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Joe Schad); KSPN/710 (Pete Arbogast, John Jackson, Jordan Moore, Steve Mason, Harvey Hyde, Shaun Cody, Kelli Tennant)
Records: USC 3-2 (2-1 Pac-12); Arizona 5-0 (2-0)
Series: USC leads, 28-8
Last meeting: USC won, 38-31, in Ed Orgeron's first game as the USC Trojans head coach.
With a win in Tucson, the Trojans can reclaim a foothold atop the @pac12 South standings. #FightOn #USC pic.twitter.com/zQPz9EoqLw— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 10, 2014
- The Wildcats are ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2012, when they were No. 24 (lost at No. 25 UCLA on Nov. 3), something the upset-minded Trojans hope to accomplish tonight.
- Arizona is one of five FBS teams averaging 300 pass yards and 200 rush yards per game (Alabama, Baylor, ASU and Oregon), keep in mind the Trojans have been outstanding against the run the last three weeks.
- The Wildcat defense held Oregon to 3.5 yards per carry. Since 2011, only two teams (LSU in 2011 and Stanford in 2013) have held the Ducks to a lower average.
- USC has a 61-27 record against teams that start with the letter "A"
- The last seven USC-Arizona games have been decided by a touchdown or less. Of the 36 meetings between the teams, 16 have been within a touchdown.
- The USC defense currently is fourth nationally in third down conversion defense (.254, first in Pac- 12), sixth in turnover margin (+1.4, second in Pac- 12), 22nd in scoring defense (17.5, second in Pac- 12), 23rd in interceptions (7, first in Pac-12) and the second-best red zone defense in the Pac-12.
- USC has a current streak of 4 consecutive games without a turnover, its longest streak since four in a row in 1995.