Staff predictions: USC

Arizona is looking to get back on the winning side of football. Does Wildcatauthority think this is the week?

Jason Nimrichter: I believe this will be a closer game than the previous three, but I don't see Arizona winning it. I don't believe USC is that strong of a team this year and the Trojans' weak pass defense will allow Arizona to compile yards through the air and score points.

The problem I have with Arizona is that I don't see how the Wildcats stop Marc Tyler or the Barkley-to-Woods combination. I expect UA to put a scare into USC, but ultimately the Trojans will win this game.

USC 34, Arizona 31

Overall: 4-0

Blake Keathley: It's hard to fathom a scenario where a game on the road against USC would qualify as a "break". After all, Arizona has been put through the ringer the past three weeks and has hardly shown any signs of the ability to hang in there against tough teams, let alone on the road.

It would be nice to predict that Arizona will recapture its 2009 magic and triumph over USC, but at this point after all this team has been through, I just don't see it happening.

USC has too many play makers on offense with Robert Woods and Marc Tyler, and the young defense will only continue to improve each week. It will be yet another tough week for Arizona fans and its players after a road trip to Los Angeles.

USC 35, Arizona 17

Overall: 4-0

Jason Scheer: Arizona is going to have its work cut out for it once again against a team that is going to come right at it. In fact, that might be the benefit of this game for Arizona, as it knows exactly what it is going to get.

Still, Lane Kiffin has no problem running the ball and until the Wildcats prove they can stop the run, it is hard to predict Arizona winning a game like this.

It wouldn't be a huge shock if Arizona came out with a win, but I just have not seen enough overall to feel confident about it happening.

USC 38, Arizona 24

Overall: 3-1

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