USC at Arizona State
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011
7:15 p.m. (PST) on ESPN
USC 28 - Arizona State 17
This game determines the best team in the Pac-12 South. Arizona State will eventually play at Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game even though USC wins this "Showdown in the South," and proves to be the best team.
The Trojans are bowl-sanctioned by the NCAA, so the Sun Devils will get lucky with a freebie this year. That will take Dennis Erickson off the hot seat.
Matt Barkley is a better quarterback than Brock Osweiler. The Sun Devils can't touch USC's running backs, tight ends, or wide receivers. USC has superior offensive and defensive lines. Arizona has one linebacker who is equal to three of USC's, but the Trojans have a much better secondary.
Arizona State has home field advantage, but USC wins on ESPN and can anyone tell me when the last time was that the Sun Devils beat the Trojans?