Well, everyone single one of the Conquest Chronicles staff picked up their first loss of the season last week as we all picked USC. USC now travels on the road into a tough environment in Tempe, does our staff stick with the Trojans?
Trajuan Briggs: I’m taking the Trojans in this showdown 35-28. I expect Cravens and the defense to make key stops and give the Trojans offense plenty of momentum to march down the field and score. The defense should focus on getting off the field on third down to give themselves rest and time to adjust before it’s too late. If the Trojans can win their first Pac-12 South matchup on the road in Tempe, this can definitely solidify the Trojans will to win, and overcoming a tough opponent.
Saman Djabbari: USC wins 38-34. While ASU's defense is pretty good at limiting explosive plays, they won't be able to stop Juju Smith-Schuster. However the running game is really going to shine against ASU, a team that is only 51st in the nation in Run Defense S&P+ after playing A&M, Cal Poly and New Mexico. While ASU got blown out by A&M, USC was much closer against what seems to be a good Stanford team and statistically speaking, the Trojans are the best team the Sun Devils have played to date. The score will be close due to the fact that there is a ton of skepticism facing this Trojan Defense and USC has struggled recently in Tempe.
Julian Lopez: USC wins in a shootout, 48-34. I haven't been impressed with either defense this season and with #PAC12AfterDark, this game is heading toward a shootout. I think the Trojans offense is better than the Sun Devils and they come out of Tempe with a much needed victory.
Briggs: USC defense comes up with 3 turnovers and major third down stops.
Djabbari: USC gets it's highest sack total of the season against a mediocre ASU offensive line.
Lopez: Cody Kessler throws for over 400 passing yards for the second time this season and a tight end gets a touchdown. I will say Tyler Petite on a 20-yard completion in which he is left wide open.
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