The USC Trojans look to continue their climb back toward the top of the polls when they hit Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, ABC/ESPN2).
The Trojans, who lead the Pac-12's South Division at 4-1, were just 6.5-point favorites over the 'Cats to open the week, who just broke a three-game losing streak with a win over Washington.
The line had been bet up by Friday in this Pac 12 odds preview.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to side with the Wildcats in this one found them as 8-point underdogs at BetOnline. The over under number was sitting at 65.5 over at Friday.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 21 and the Trojans at No. 36 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 48-39 result in favor of the Trojans.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 20-ranked offense (39.1 PPG) against a Trojans defense that ranks No. 18 at 16.7 PPG. The Wildcats passing attack has averaged 352.3 yards per game, more than the Trojans give up through the air (224.7 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Trojans own the league's No. 38-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 132.8 yards per game when on the road. Arizona, on the other hand, rates No. 25 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Southern Cal was a 50-6 winner in its last match at home against Colorado. They covered the 39-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 56 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Robert Woods hauled in 8 passes for 132 yards against the Colorado defense in the team's last game, leading Southern Cal over the Buffaloes 50-6 on Saturday.
Arizona was a 52-17 winner in its last match at home against Washington. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 69 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Ka'Deem Carey tore up the turf for 172 rushing yards in the latest Wildcats game, a 52-17 win over the Huskies at Arizona Stadium.
Southern Cal Trojans Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2
Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing in October are 5-5
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 3-7
A few Trojans at Wildcats trends to consider:
Southern Cal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Southern Cal is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Southern Cal is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Arizona
Southern Cal is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Arizona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing Southern Cal
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing at home against Southern Cal
Arizona is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Southern Cal home to Oregon, Saturday, November 3
Arizona at UCLA, Saturday, November 3