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How and what to watch for No. 20 USC vs. Arizona

After a valiant fourth-quarter comeback saved the No. 20-ranked USC Trojans from a season-opening defeat, they head to Tucson for a tilt with the Arizona Wildcats.

Kedon Slovis of the USC Trojans passes the ball during the first half of a game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

After a valiant fourth-quarter comeback saved the No. 20-ranked USC Trojans from a season-opening defeat, they head to Tucson for a tilt with the Arizona Wildcats. The game will serve as Arizona’s 2020 debut as the Pac-12 canceled last week’s matchup with the Utah Utes due to COVID-19 concerns.

Several years have passed since the Trojans last played up to their potential, though they still possess some of the best players in the conference. Sophomore Kedon Slovis has already established himself as one of the top signal-callers in the Pac-12, coming off a campaign in which he completed over 70% of his passes for 2,865 yards, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Slovis primarily targets junior wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown who has back-to-back 700-yard seasons under his belt and delivered seven catches for 100 yards last weekend. Getting the most out of the offensive talent at USC will help determine whether head coach Clay Helton receives another year at the helm.

Likewise, Arizona appears headed for a change at head coach if things do not turn around this season. Kevin Sumlin has not come close to matching the offensive explosiveness that turned Texas A&M into a powerhouse, albeit briefly. Sumlin will build on last year’s modest gains under quarterback Grant Gunnell, a talented but still inexperienced passer.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch USC vs. Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login that has access to the channel.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: USC (-14.5) vs. Arizona
Point Total: 67.5
Money line: USC -560, Arizona +375

  • Against the spread, USC has a 10-15-2 record as the road team and a 8-6-2 record as a road favorite since the start of the 2015 season.
  • Over the same period, the Trojans have hit the over 12 times in 27 opportunities as a road team and done so six out of 16 times as a road favorite.
  • Since the start of 2015, Arizona has gone 15-16-1 against the spread at home and 8-9-0 as a home underdog.
  • Also over that span, the Wildcats have hit the over 19 times in 32 opportunities at home and done so eight out of 17 tries as the home underdog.

Betting splits

USC -14.5: (58% of handle, 65% percent of bets)
Arizona +14.5: (42% of handle, 35% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The Trojans have a superior roster and a much more efficient offense than the Wildcats, even if they go quarters at a time without looking like it. Though USC didn’t cover a week ago, this type of game usually results in a decent bounce-back effort (before losing steam a week or two later).

Pick: USC -14.5

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