What’s next for USC football? The Arizona Wildcats
By Joey Kaufman
No. 17 USC (7-2, 5-1 in Pac-12) vs. No. 23 Arizona (6-2, 4-1 in Pac-12)
When: 7:45 p.m., Saturday
Watch/listen: ESPN/710 AM
USC update: After a humiliating loss to Notre Dame that eliminated them from playoff contention, the Trojans responded with a 48-17 rout of Arizona State on Saturday. It was their biggest victory of the season, surpassing a 28-point win over Oregon State earlier this month and an 18-point thumping of Stanford in week 2. … The Trojans ran for a season-high 341 yards against the Sun Devils and featured a formidable front seven, with nose tackle Josh Fatu and outside linebacker Porter Gustin back from injuries. Their defense had six sacks in what became arguably that unit’s most complete performance of the season against resurgent Arizona State, which had been on a two-game winning streak and emerged as one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12. … USC is mostly out of the national championship and playoff picture but remains a viable contender to win the conference for the first time since 2008.The Trojans control their own destiny in the Pac-12 South Division.
Arizona’s last game: Arizona can now take the title of the hottest team in the Pac-12. The Wildcats upended Washington State 58-37 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory. … All four wins have come under the direction of Khalil Tate, a dual-threat quarterback who has emerged as a midseason Heisman Trophy candidate. Tate completed 59 percent of his passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Cougars, while running for 146 yards and a touchdown. In four starts, the Wildcats’ sophomore has thrown for 743 yards and run for 840 more. That means Tate has averaged 154 rushing yards per game, No. 3 in the nation, as well as 13.4 yards per carry, […]