If there is even a 1 percent chance of the USC Trojans making the College Football Playoff, it can only happen if they go undefeated and win the PAC 12 Championship. Trailing by two possessions last week to Arizona State with less than three minutes to play, the dream looked all but over. But a touchdown, onside kick and last minute score got the Trojans the dub.
They are a perfect 1-0 and the dream for a potential CFP appearance, or at the very least a PAC 12 Title is alive and well. The Trojans were favored by 10.5 points in that game against ASU which seemed like a lot. This time around, they are favored by a whole lot more and the competition should not be nearly as tough.
The Arizona Wildcats had their first game of the season cancelled last week because of COVID-19 and it seems like their second (kind of first) game of the season could result in an absolute blowout. The Wildcats are projected to be one of the worst teams in the PAC-12 this season and Kevin Sumlin could be on the hot seat rather quickly.
The Wildcats have Sophomore Grant Gunnell starting at quarterback against an experienced USC team. This really shouldn’t be much of an issue. The Trojans barely had a pass rush against the Devils and Gunnell wasn’t bad in the eight games that he appeared in during his true freshman season.
The issue for the Wildcats is going to come on defense and it is going to be the reason that this team struggles mightily for most of the season. The Wildcats allowed teams to score in the red zone at a 90.6 percentage rate in 2019. That is unfathomably high and really quite embarrassing. Even worse, they were allowing an average of 6.67 yards per play to opposing offenses. Really think about that for a second, on any given run, slant pass, screen, opponents were picking up nearly 6.67 every single time. That is exhausting to watch and that makes it exhausting for your offense to keep up with.
USC Keys to the Game:
University of Southern California, Don’t Overlook It: The Trojans have just six opportunities and now five more in the regular season to prove that they are a premier college football team. There are a lot of doubters in the Trojans right now when it comes to their playoff fate and they can’t afford to get trapped. They are going to have to take every game week-by-week and for god’s sake, they can’t be winning games by just one point.
Arizona Keys to the Game:
Arizona Wildcats, Help out the Offense: The fact that this defense is going up against Slovis gives me massive pause and I think the experienced pass thrower is going to absolutely torch this defense. The Wildcats are facing a team who have gotten the first game blues out of their season and if they want a shot, they’ll need to force some turnovers and give their offense a fighting chance.
I don’t see this one being close.
USC 45 Arizona 21
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com