Your USC Trojans are set to return to the field tomorrow, facing off against Pac-12 rivals, the Arizona Wildcats, for the last time in the foreseeable future. USC is finally back home after nearly a month away, and the atmosphere at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum promises to be electric.
In Week 5, USC secured a victory over Colorado, but their fans were left with a sour taste due to a lackluster defensive performance. It’s safe to say that it was one of the worst defensive displays from USC in recent memory. The question on everyone’s mind is, can things possibly get any worse?
Well, let’s hope not, but the Trojans are gearing up for a unique challenge this time – the identity of the opposing quarterback. The uncertainty surrounds Arizona’s QB1, Jayden de Laura, whose status for Week 6 remains questionable. In his absence, the Wildcats would turn to redshirt freshman Noah Fifita.
The Trojans find themselves in the unfamiliar position of not knowing who they’ll face under center, but head coach Lincoln Riley is leaving nothing to chance. He’s diligently preparing his team to face both quarterbacks. It’s worth noting that de Laura posed significant problems for USC in their previous encounter last October in Tuscon.
During that clash, the junior QB racked up an impressive 380 passing yards, completing 26 of 43 passes and throwing three touchdowns along with one interception. USC’s defense struggled to contain him, allowing 37 points, 543 total yards, and conceding two more first downs than their own 28. Perhaps some may argue that facing the redshirt freshman might be a blessing, but Coach Riley is taking no chances and acknowledging de Laura’s capabilities.
“We’ll definitely prepare for both — it is what it is,” Riley said. “But I think looking at them both the guys are pretty similar.”
The upcoming game presents an opportunity for the USC defense to redeem themselves, but there’s also the possibility that it will be more of the same struggles. USC fans eagerly await the outcome, hoping their Trojans can get back on track and secure a victory against the Arizona Wildcats.
“Obviously, we saw de Laura last year and know the kind of competitor and dynamic athlete and all that he is, and the young kid that came in did a nice job for them last week and looks to have a lot of the similar skillsets,” Riley said. “He’s pretty mobile, threw the ball well, played very poised, he was pretty impressive for a young guy in his first, it looked like, real true action.”