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Southern California Trojans vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


USC lost control of the Pac-12's South Division race with an ugly 56-24 home loss to Oregon while Utah rallied for a win at Washington last weekend. The Trojans, who now find themselves in a tie for second place with crosstown rival UCLA, will try to rebound on Saturday afternoon when they visit Arizona State.

Penalties, turnovers and a cluster of injuries at running back was USC's undoing against the Ducks as the Trojans blew an early 10-0 lead with four turnovers, including a 32-yard pick-six by Brady Breeze late in the second quarter that put Oregon ahead, 21-10, followed by a 100-yard kickoff return by Mykael Wright just before halftime that made it 28-17. USC, missing top three running backs Vavae Malepeai, Stephen Carr and Markese Stepp who were all recovering from various leg injuries, managed just 91 yards rushing while true freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis finished was intercepted three times and also had a key fumble in the red zone trying to avoid a sack. "I know every one of us in here feels bad right now, but the world doesn't care about our feelings or us feeling sorry for ourselves," Trojans coach Clay Helton said. "The world cares about you getting back up and doing your job. For 18-21-year-olds, that's hard, because they pour so much into it. ... But that's life. Sometimes life isn't fair." Arizona State is coming off its second bye of the season and will be trying to snap a two-game losing streak that featured losses at Utah (21-3) and UCLA (42-32).

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Arizona State -1.5

ABOUT USC (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12): The contest is a homecoming for Slovis who was playing at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale at this time last year where he was tutored by NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. Slovis has connected of 165-of-241 attempts (68.5 percent) for 1,889 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions and could get some much-needed help in the backfield if Carr (47 carries, 266 yards, 2 TDs) returns this week from a hamstring injury to help out true freshman fourth-stringer Kenan Christon (37 carries, 258 yards, 2 TDs). Defensively, cornerback Chris Steele, defensive end Christian Rector and linebackers Abdul-Malik McClain and Palaie Gaoteote IV all returned from injuries against Oregon and defensive end Drake Jackson (ankle) and safety Talanoa Hufanga (shoulder) both returned to practice Tuesday after missing two games with injuries.

ABOUT ARIZONA STATE (5-3, 2-3): True freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels has completed 135-of-223 passes for 1,902 yards, 11 TDs and two interceptions while also rushing for 273 yards and three more scores. The Sun Devils, despite returning first team All-Pac-12 running back Eno Benjamin, have surprisingly struggled to run the ball as Benjamin and freshman backup A.J. Carter combined for just 49 yards on 15 rushes in the loss to UCLA and ASU ranks just 105th in FBS with an average of 129.1 rushing yards per contest. Linebacker Darien Butler (55 tackles) and corner Jack Jones, a transfer from USC who is second in the conference in passes defended (11), lead a Sun Devil defense that ranks third in the Pac-12 allowing 357.8 yards per game.

EXTRA POINTS

1. USC leads the series with Arizona State, 21-13, and has won three of the last four meetings, but the Sun Devils won last year's contest at the Coliseum, 38-35.

2. Trojan WR Michael Pittman Jr. has caught four or more passes in each of the last 14 games with a total of 80 receptions for 1,341 yards and 13 TDs over that span.

3. Arizona State has 11 fumble recoveries this season which is tied for third nationally.

Prediction

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Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Capacity: 71,706

Last Injuries

Arizona State Sun Devils

  • Joey Yellen

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Yellen missed the last game with a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Saturday against Oregon.

  • George Lea

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Lea suffered a season-ending knee injury.

  • N'Keal Harry

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Harry has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after hurting his hamstring, ankle and toe. He is expected to suit up against the Eagles on Sunday.

  • Jayden Daniels

    Leg
    Prob Sat | probable

    Daniels missed the last game due to a leg injury, but he is likely to play against Oregon State on Saturday.

Southern California Trojans

  • Tyler Vaughns

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Vaughns has an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will take the field Saturday versus UCLA.

  • Velus Jones Jr.

    Ankle
    Doub Sat | doubtful

    Jones Jr. is nursing a sprained ankle, and it is unlikely that he will be on the field against UCLA on Saturday.

  • Vavae Malepeai

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Malepeai is on the mend after knee surgery, and it is uncertain if he will return versus UCLA on Saturday.

  • Markese Stepp

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Stepp is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his ankle. It is unknown if he will rejoin the lineup against UCLA on Saturday.

  • Jordan Iosefa

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Iosefa has been healing from surgery to repair a dislocated patella and cartilage damage. His status against UCLA on Saturday has yet to be determined.

  • Kyle Ford

    Back
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Ford is tending to a back injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will be in Saturday's lineup versus UCLA.

  • Dominic Davis

    Concussion
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis has missed the last two games due to concussion-like symptoms, and his status for Saturday's matchup against UCLA is clouded.

  • Brett Neilon

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | out

    Neilon is out of action due to a calf strain and is without a timetable for recovery.

Southern-California-Trojans Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Matt Fink 1 0 194.613 0 30 21 1 0 0 3 351
Kedon Slovis 4 0 168.816 0 77 60 4 0 0 5 732
JT Daniels 1 0 130.471 0 34 25 1 0 0 1 215
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Vavae Malepeai 4 0 311 0 69 4
Markese Stepp 3 0 97 0 15 1
Stephen Carr 4 0 95 0 24 2
Kedon Slovis 4 0 11 0 12 0
JT Daniels 1 0 -6 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Michael Pittman Jr. 4 0 437 0 31 0 3
Tyler Vaughns 4 0 370 0 27 0 2
Amon-Ra St. Brown 4 0 207 0 19 0 3
Stephen Carr 4 0 82 0 12 0 1
Erik Krommenhoek 2 0 65 0 2 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Talanoa Hufanga 4 0 26 16 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 3
John Houston Jr. 4 0 19 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Isaiah Pola-Mao 4 0 16 9 0 0 1 0 0 1 10 2
Palaie Gaoteote IV 4 0 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Olaijah Griffin 4 0 12 5 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Chase McGrath 4 0 4 4 52 17 17
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Velus Jones Jr. 4 0 16 0 100 409
Stephen Carr 4 0 5 0 33 86
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Tyler Vaughns 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
JT Daniels 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Kedon Slovis 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Markese Stepp 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Carr 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Amon-Ra St. Brown 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ben Griffiths 4 0 0 518 0 51 13 0 0
JT Daniels 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kedon Slovis 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Markese Stepp 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Tyler Vaughns 4 0 3 0 14 21