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Arizona Wildcats vs. USC Trojans - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

USC Trojans (3-3) at Arizona Wildcats (2-4)
Date & Time Saturday October 15, 2016, 3:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Arizona Wildcats +7.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | USC Trojans (3-3) at Arizona Wildcats (2-4)

The USC Trojans will travel to play the Arizona Wildcats in a PAC-12 college football game on Saturday.

The Arizona Wildcats are 2-4 (0-3) this season after losing to Utah by a score of 36-23 in their last game. Arizona outgained Utah in total yards, but couldn’t survive the three turnovers that they had, making them fall to 0-3 in conference play. The Arizona offense is averaging 29.2 points per game with 246.8 rushing yards and 196.6 passing yards per game. Brandon Dawkins (Questionable) is completing 59.2% of his passes for 698 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Arizona. Dawkins has rushed for 435 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Nick Wilson has rushed for 273 yards and 3 scores for the Wildcats. Shun Brown has caught 17 passes for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Nate Phillips has caught 14 passes for 122 yards for Arizona. The Arizona defense is giving up 29.4 points per game with 183.6 rushing yards and 275 passing yards per game. Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles has led the Arizona defense with 27 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions, while Cody Ippolito has added 25 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Josh Pollack has gone 5-6 on field goals for Arizona, with a long of 46 yards.

The USC Trojans are 3-3 (2-2) this season after beating Colorado by a score of 21-17 in their last game. USC had to fight off a pesky Colorado team, after outgaining them by over 150 total yards. The USC offense is averaging 25 points per game with 151.7 rushing yards and 264.5 passing yards per game. Sam Darnold is completing 67.8% of his passes for 1099 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for USC. Justin Davis has rushed for 467 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Ronald Jones has rushed for 208 yards and 1 score for the Trojans. JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught 31 passes for 433 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Darreus Rogers has caught 23 passes for 315 yards for USC. The USC defense is giving up 25.7 points per game with 158.3 rushing yards and 217 passing yards per game. Cameron Smith has led the USC defense with 49 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Adoree Jackson has added 30 tackles and 2 interceptions. Matt Boermeester has gone 8-11 on field goals for USC, with a long of 49 yards.

USC is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games. The under is 5-0 in USC’s last 5 games on grass. Arizona is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games. The over is 4-0 in Arizona’s last 4 games. The underdog is 10-1 ATS in these two teams last 11 meetings.

Arizona is looking for their first conference win, while USC was able to get a big win in their last game. USC’s offense hasn’t been as explosive as I thought it would be when the season began, but may be able to play well against a lowly Arizona team. Arizona struggles to pass the ball and I like USC to find some life on offense in this one. 

USC Trojans -7.5

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