Southern California is on a two-game losing streak, has a less than 500 record and ends its season with an interim head coach.
A game against Arizona is timely.
USC (3-4, 2-3 Pac-12) host the Wildcats on Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with Arizona (0-7, 0-4) with the nation’s longest losing streak at 19 games . Two of those 19 losses came against the Trojans, although USC needed a last-minute touchdown to claim a 34-30 victory at Tucson last season.
The Wildcats were tight last week, leading a visit to Washington 16-7 early in the fourth quarter and looking to extend the lead before throwing an interception after hitting the Huskies 28. Washington picked up the momentum and won 21-16.
âWhat we’re trying to teach our team is that a game is a game,â Arizona freshman coach Jedd Fisch said. âOne game is not the result. We’re nine ahead with 12 minutes to go and it felt like after that there was just deflation and a here-we-go-to-it-again mentality.
USC just lost 31-16 on the road to rival Notre Dame, despite the Irish outrage from 424 yards to 383.
“Far too many mistakes in every aspect, whether it’s special teams, attacking, defending or training,” said interim head coach Donte Williams, who has a record 2-3 after replacing fired Clay Helton. âWe all made mistakes, and we took it in turns. “
The Trojans have won the last eight games against Arizona, 10 of the last 11 and 17 of the last 19.
They come in with plenty of firepower, including potential All-America wide receiver Drake London, who has 79 catches for 1,003 yards, both numbers ranking second in the nation. He’s made 31 catches for 333 yards in the last two games.
USC quarterback Kedon Slovis completed 162 of 248 passes for 1,818 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Texas transfer Keaontay Ingram has a record 557 rushing yards, including 138, the best of the season, last week against Notre Dame.
Arizona has failed to reach 20 points in 10 straight games. Much of this season’s issues revolve around the quarterback position, where third string player Will Plummer is the only healthy stock player. He’s 49th of 91 for 442 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions in five games, including two starts.
Fisch used athletic wide receiver Jamarye Joiner, a former high school quarterback, in several direct-grip situations last week. The coach said Joiner’s role could expand, giving the USC defense a reason to prepare for more zonal reading looks on Saturday.
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