USC vs. Arizona - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

USC vs. Arizona - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats (4-2) at USC Trojans (3-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)

The Line: USC Trojans -9 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Wildcats and USC Trojans meet Saturday in college football action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Arizona Wildcats need a solid road victory to build on their 4-2 record. The Arizona Wildcats have lost four of their last five road games. Khalil Tate is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,272 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Tate has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Cedric Peterson and Jamarye Joiner have combined for 532 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tayvian Cunningham has 21 receptions. The Arizona Wildcats ground game is averaging 209.3 yards per contest, and J.J. Taylor leads the way with 301 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 33 points and 473.2 yards per game. Tony Fields II leads the Arizona Wildcats with 47 tackles, Jalen Harris has 3.5 sacks and Jace Whittaker has three interceptions.

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The USC Trojans need a win here to save their season after losing three of their last four games. The USC Trojans have won six of their last nine home games. Kedon Slovis is completing 75 percent of his passes for 987 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Slovis and Matt Fink have combined for 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Michael Pittman Jr. and Tyler Vaughns have combined for 991 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Amon-Ra St. Brown has 32 receptions. The USC Trojans ground game is averaging 142.8 yards per contest, and Vavae Malepeai leads the way with 406 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, USC is allowing 25.7 points and 421.7 yards per game. John Houston Jr. leads the USC Trojans with 53 tackles, Drake Jackson has three sacks and Greg Johnson has one interception.

The Wildcats are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in October and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games. The Trojans are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 9-20-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Southern California and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 games overall. The over is 7-2 in Wildcats last 9 games overall.

The Arizona Wildcats have failed to cover 12 of their last 16 games as a road underdog. The USC Trojans have failed to cover 10 of their last 14 games as a home favorite. You're never quite sure which Arizona team is going to show up, as right when it looks like it's taking positive strides, it gets smoked at home against Washington and looked like the same lifeless group we saw in the season opener against Hawaii. USC has come up short in every big game its played this season, but the positive news is that the Trojans hung around in those three losses and they all took place on the road. While there's clear questions with USC, it can take some positive things out of those games and has to feel good coming back home after back-to-back tough road games. I'm not giving up on USC just yet. I'll lay the chalk, but a lot of it has to do with not trusting Arizona on the road. 

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Randy’s Pick USC Trojans -9

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