The USC Trojans are gearing up for a pivotal home game against the Arizona Wildcats after a challenging couple of road encounters that laid bare their defensive vulnerabilities. Despite their unblemished record this season, USC knows they can’t take this matchup lightly, fully aware that Arizona is ready to put up a fierce fight. While the Wildcats may not be the cream of the crop this year, their relentless spirit is undeniable. Just last week, they nearly pulled off an upset against Washington, and now they’re eager to take on another top-10 opponent in USC.
USC may be stepping into this game as the heavy favorites, but previous weeks have shown that favoritism alone doesn’t guarantee success. Currently boasting a -21.5 point spread and -2500 money line odds to emerge victorious against Arizona, as per BetMGM, the odds clearly lean in favor of USC according to experts. Nevertheless, returning to the LA Coliseum might just be the spark the Trojans’ defense needs. Their previous home games exhibited marked improvement, only to falter when they hit the road.
“I promise you at the end of the year, nobody’s going to look back on this and care. They’re going to look back and see it was ‘W,'” Trojans coach Lincoln Riley said after the game.
The overarching hope for USC is to see their defense find its footing again this weekend, and they’re well aware that the clock is ticking. Allowing opposing teams to steamroll over them is no longer an option, especially with the Trojans’ schedule becoming progressively more challenging.
USC and the Wildcats are slated to kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT this weekend, making it a late-night affair for fans on the West Coast.
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