The USC Trojans are coming off a bitter and close loss to Utah, falling by one point in a game they led most of the way. Many who bet online were disappointed with USC as they failed to hold 14-0 and 21-7 leads.
The Trojans have to be careful because that slipup could become a two-game losing streak.
The Arizona Wildcats have major problems on defense but have shown their offense is capable of putting up big numbers. This could be a wild game.
USC led Utah 14-0 and then 21-7 in the first half on Oct. 15. USC lost those leads. Utah tied the game at 28-28.
USC scored to take a 35-28 lead. Utah tied the game at 35. USC scored in the fourth quarter to go ahead 42-35, and it seemed the Trojans were close to a huge win.
Yet, their defense could not stand up and protect that last advantage. Utah scored a touchdown and then converted the 2-point conversion with 48 seconds left to win, 43-42.
USC’s defense allowed more than 400 passing yards to Utah quarterback Cam Rising and more than 200 receiving yards to Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid, who caught all 16 of the passes thrown to him.
The USC secondary has a lot of work to do against an Arizona offense, which is capable of lighting up the scoreboard.
The offense, which put up 42 points against Utah, should be fine in this game. Arizona has allowed over 45 points in three of its last four games.
However, the defense could not win against Utah even though the offense scored 42 points. That’s a real concern for the Trojans heading into Tucson.
The Wildcats lost 49-39 to Washington in their most recent game on Oct. 15. Arizona’s defense is simply not finding a way to minimize the damage done by opposing offenses.
Arizona is not causing opponents to kick field goals. Arizona is not making stops in the red zone.
Opponents are going to move the ball on the Wildcats, but if they can stand tall in the red zone and force a bunch of field goals, that might only mean 30 points instead of 45.
Arizona scored 39 points against Washington, so it’s not as though this offense is inept. It’s actually pretty good.
The offense simply needs help from the defense, especially against a talented opponent such as USC, with quarterback Caleb Williams and running back Travis Dye.
USC vs Arizona Game Injuries
USC vs Arizona Head-to-Head
The teams met last year. USC won, 41-34.
USC vs Arizona Game Information
- Game: USC vs Arizona
- Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct 29, 7:00 p.m. ET
- USC vs Arizona Live Stream: ESPN
USC vs Arizona Betting Lines
USC vs Arizona Prediction
The best prediction here is the over for your college football picks. It’s a huge number in the sportsbook but these teams are going to score.
USC should easily score 40, probably more. As for Arizona, they should be able to get plenty of points.
Remember, they’re not healthy at linebacker, with Eric Gentry and Shane Lee both being uncertain to play. Even if they do play, they are not going to be 100%.
Expect tons of points to be scored in this one, so take the over with your college football picks.
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