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Arizona at USC
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
USC 24 - Arizona 17
Arizona will be preseason ranked about 45th—USC will be about 20th.
Arizona will sleep through Northern Arizona, but the Wildcats will be coming off a difficult three consecutive weeks at Oklahoma State, Stanford and Oregon, finishing 1-3. The Wildcats will be battle-tough.
USC defeats Minnesota, a fairly good Utah, Syracuse and a decent Arizona State team, finishing 4-0. The Trojans might have to step up their play to match the level the Arizona Wildcats have been playing at recently. On the other hand, Arizona may be beat up a bit.
The Barkley-Woods express will out-gain the Foles-Criner hookup. USC's running back rotation of Morgan/McNeal/Tyler/Baxter will outrun Antolin. Both teams have an excellent secondary, but the big difference in this game is USC's superior defensive line, linebacker play, and position depth that will keep the Trojan defense fresher.
Arizona will be extremely competitive, but USC pulls out close victory.