No. 21 USC at Arizona State: TV info, scouting report and prediction
By Joey Kaufman
NO. 21 USC AT ARIZONA STATE
When: 7:45 p.m., Saturday
Where: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
TV/Radio: ESPN; 830 AM/870 AM
Records: USC (6-2, 4-1 in Pac-12); Arizona State (4-3, 3-1 in Pac-12)
ARIZONA STATE STATS
QB Manny Wilkins 156-234, 1,837 yards, 8 TD, 3 INT
RB Kalen Ballage 93-378, 5 TD
WR N’Keal Harry 51-627, 3 TD
LB Christian Sam 68 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 INT
LB DJ Calhoun 61 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks,
Arizona State injury report: PROBABLE: LB Alani Latu (foot)
Arizona State wins if: The Sun Devils of the past two weeks return, particularly the defense. … A backfield tandem of Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard take advantage of the Trojans’ thin defensive front. … USC, which had the second most turnovers in the FBS through eight weeks, continues to be plagued by interceptions, fumbles and other miscues.
QB Sam Darnold 183-288, 2292 yards, 17 TD, 10 INT
RB Ronald Jones 114-672, 8 TD
WR Deontay Burnett 57-739, 7 TD
LB Uchenna Nwosu 39 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 8 pass break-ups
LB Cameron Smith 72 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1 INT
USC injury report: OUT: DE Christian Rector (hand) DOUBTFUL RB Stephen Carr (foot), TE Josh Falo (foot), CB Iman Marshall (knee) QUESTIONABLE: DT Josh Fatu (concussion), LB Porter Gustin (toe/biceps) PROBABLE: WR Steven Mitchell (shoulder), RT Chuma Edoga (illness), LS Damon Johnson (concussion)
USC wins if: There is no letdown following last week’s thumping by Notre Dame, the Trojans’ second-worst ever loss to their longtime rival and a defeat that essentially eliminated them from playoff contention. … It overcomes the latest rash of injuries, including the loss of defensive end Christian Rector who broke his hand in a practice this week. … A running game that was almost hapless against the Fighting Irish, held to minus-4 rushing yards in the first half, recovers.