Arizona 39, USC 36
Arizona provided all the elements for a trap game, but it was USC that assisted in snaring itself. Two things I’ve emphasized in past weeks is the record of season opponents and Trojan penalties. Through those figures we could see that it wasn’t the foreign venue or red clad Wildcats staging an ambush in Tucson, as much as it was continuity setting all the right pieces in place.
USC had played poorly in three Pac 12 road games, managing to escape defeat against the lesser opponents, after losing to Stanford in the conference road opener. The Cardinal was also the only winning program the Trojans had faced, before taking the field against a second in Arizona. The five week gap between teams with winning records is the same five weeks between losses. That fact eliminates coincidence and raises concern, when you look at the road remaining for the Men of Troy.