The USC Trojans suffered their first loss of the season in their last outing, ruining their chances of an undefeated campaign. But they are still a top-10 team, and are aiming to get back into the win column in this contest against the Arizona Wildcats. In our college football picks for this weekend, we look at USC vs Arizona in a game that could determine whether USC remains in the Pac-12 title race or if they begin to fall out of it.
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USC vs Arizona Betting Pick
This game will be played at Arizona Stadium at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, October 29, 2022.
Why Bet on USC:
✅ Arizona has really struggled on defense against upper echelon teams in the Pac-12 of late. Their last two games were against Washington and Oregon, and the Wildcats allowed 49 points in both of those games. Against another potent offense in that of USC, the Wildcats are going to give up another big number to help USC cover the spread.
✅ Outside of their 43-42 loss to Utah in their last game, the USC defense has played at a very high level. USC is averaging 22.1 points per game allowed on defense, and they have only allowed more than 25 points in a game twice this year. After their first bad defensive game of the season, expect USC to come out of their bye playing better defensively.
✅ USC quarterback Caleb Williams is playing at an incredibly high level this season. He has 19 touchdown passes to just one interception. His ability to make big plays without turning the ball over will help USC get out to a big lead and keep it.
USC lost for the first time in the 2022 college football season two weeks ago, falling to Utah in Salt Lake City. The Trojans played well offensively in that matchup, but could not get the stops they needed to win late, falling 43-42 on a late two-point conversion from the Utes. This week, the defense of the Trojans will be expected to play better against a sub-.500 Arizona team.
USC will also be expected to put on another offensive fireworks display this week. Against an Arizona defense that has really struggled this season, Caleb Williams has a chance to continue his incredible campaign. If Williams does not add to his lone interception on the season in this game, USC should be able to take care of business comfortably.
The Arizona Wildcats are coming off of their bye week as well, having last week off from game action. In the two weeks before that, Arizona was torn apart on the defensive side of the ball by Oregon and Washington. In those games, the Wildcats lost 49-39 to the Huskies and 49-22 to the Ducks. Here, they will need to be better on defense to avoid dropping to 1-4 in conference play.
Stopping Travis Dye is going to need to be a top priority for the Wildcats in this Pac-12 contest. Caleb Williams is capable of making plays from any down and distance, but limiting Dye on running downs will at least make things as difficult as possible on the Trojans signal caller.