USC at Arizona: 11/14/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

USC at Arizona: 11/14/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats (0-0) vs USC Trojans (1-0)

Game Info: Saturday, November 14, 2020 (Arizona Stadium)

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The 20th ranked USC Trojans will travel to Arizona Stadium to take on the Arizona Wildcats this Saturday night in College Football action.

The 20th ranked USC Trojans kicked off their 2020 season on a winning note after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils, 28-27, this past Saturday. USC looked like they were in trouble after trailing by a 27-14 margin late, however, USC recovered an onside kick after making it a one-possession game on a 26-YD TD reception by Bru McCoy and was able to pick up the victory after a 21-yard TD reception by Drake London with just 1:20 left in the game. USC outgained Arizona State by a 556-392 margin and still picked up the victory despite committing four turnovers.

Offensively, USC was led by QB Kedon Slovis who completed 40 of 55 passes for 381 yards, 2 TD, and 1 INT. The top receiving threats for the Slovis and the Trojans were Drake London (8 rec, 125 yards, TD), Amon-Ra St. Brown (7 rec, 100 yards), Tyler Vaughns (7 rec, 53 yards), and Bru McCoy (5 rec, 51 yards, TD). Leading the way for the USC backfield was the trio of Vavae Malepeai (8 car, 60 yards), Markese Stepp (14 car, 53 yards, TD), and Stephen Carr (10 car, 45 yards, TD).  

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Defensively, USC was able to force and recover three Arizona State fumbles and was led by Talanoa Hufanga (10 tackles) and Marlon Tuipulotu (8 tackles, 1 sack).

The Arizona Wildcats will kick of their 2020 season after their planned season opener agianst the Utah Utes was cancelled last week due to COVID-19. Arizona will be looking to have more success this season in their limited schedule after finishing the 2019 season with just a 4-8 record with a 2-7 Pac-12 record. Arizona started the year well, going 4-1 with wins over Texas Tech, UCLA, & Colorado, however the Wildcats struggled the rest of the way and lost their final 7 games.

Offensively, Arizona finished last season averaging 26.9 ppg on 440.1 total yards per game (266.08 passing yds/g; 174.0 rushing yds/g). Leading the offense this season will be QB Grant Gunnell who was productive as a freshman last season, completing 65.2% of his passes for 1239 yards, 9 TD, & 1 INT. Gunnell and the Wildcats will bring back a bunch of talent at the receivers position led by Jamarye Joiner (34 rec, 552 yards, 5 TD), Brian Casteel (45 rec, 397 yards, 3 TD), Tayvian Cunningham (35 rec, 383 yards, 2 TD), and Stanley Berryhill III (19 rec, 288 yards, 3 TD). Joiner is currently questionable for this matchup. Leading the Arizona backfield this season with be the duo of Gary Brightwell (66 att, 390 yards, 5 TD) and Michael Wiley (31 att, 106 yards).

Arizona struggled defensively last season, allowing their opponents to average 35.8 ppg on 471.4 total yards per game (289.0 passing yds/g; 182.4 rushing yds/g). Arizona defense will be led by LB’s Colin Schooler & Jalen Harris.

The Trojans are 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 games and 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Wildcats are 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

USC struggled with turnovers in their season opener, however, you have to credit the Trojans with coming up with some big plays late and avoid the upset. Arizona will have a lot of familiar faces on the offensive end, however, the Wildcats still look as if they are going to be a team overmatched on the defensive end. USC offense is very talented and between he fact that I think they will be able to put up 35+ points on the Wildcats defense and for the fact that this will be Arizona’s for live action of the season, I think USC pulls away in the 2nd half in this one and covers this large road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick USC Trojans -12.5

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