USC vs Arizona
When: Saturday October 27, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Arizona Stadium
If the Trojans are looking ahead to next week’s game with Oregon, they’ll be going home with a loss. Luckily for Lane Kiffin, USC and Arizona’s last 10 games have been decided by seven points or less, nine times. Therefore, USC should not have any problem preparing and bringing their A game to Arizona. There are no excuses for a loss in this situation. As a team, you already lost to Stanford, so there is no margin of error for the rest of the year.
Rich Rodriguez has brought a new spirit to the team offensively. Although they are doing better than expected, Arizona had high hopes of upsetting Oregon on the road. That game proved they have a long way to go to become one of the national elite. This Saturday provides another chance for Arizona to turn around the football program. With that said, we expect this game to be close entering the fourth quarter.
Their offense is finally starting to click and reach its potential. They have two dynamite wide receivers in Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Each of them can do everything on the field. Matt Barkley is slowly creeping back into the Heisman discussion with his play. He must continue to perform well and win these games. USC’s running game is also getting on track with Silas Redd. They have an advantage up front and should be able to run power plays at the Arizona defense.
Their defense has been playing very well as of late. We will see how far they’ve come against Arizona’s offense. The pass defense will be tested big time on Saturday. Knowing that it will be tougher to run on USC, may force Arizona into a one dimensional game. The Trojans must tackle well in space and keep the down and distance in their favor.
When they get the ball, they must move it and avoid turnovers. Running back Ka’deem Carey leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12 touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Scott has done well with 2355 yards passing and 17 touchdowns. Their only bad game was against Oregon when they couldn’t capitalize early on the road. They put up major points against Oregon State and Stanford in close losses.
Their defense is in a world of trouble with USC’s passing game. There may not be a way to stop USC from scoring. If they can force a couple turnovers, that could be the key to coming out with a victory. They need to blitz with caution, and disguise defenses.
It seems that both defenses will be in for a long day. If USC can score on long sustained drives, they’ll be able wear down the Wildcats in the fourth quarter. Arizona is at home and they are going to play well offensively. They will push USC to the limit. Matt Barkley and the offense will come through with big plays down the stretch.
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