Arizona State, which lost to USC 41-20 two weeks ago, and to Colorado,, 40-16, received 6 votes is the AP Top 25 poll. USC received 5 votes.
The Pac-12 has not done USC any favors as I mention in my analysis from the USC-Arizona game.
Excerpt: It was 137 degrees on the field at Wildcat Stadium because the Pac-12 bows to TV networks that don’t care how the players feel playing at 12:30 p.m. on plastic grass in the desert.
Sam Darnold once again led the Trojans to their third-straight victory.
“He’s like his coach, a perfectionist,” USC coach Clay Helton said.
Darnold might be more miracle worker than perfectionist because he is doing a better job saving Helton’s job than Helton. Darnold is also an eraser because you might not even see a bad play call if he just runs or finds someone open on his own.
Arizona is so bad it’s hard to make many pronouncements for this game. Here’s a stat: Ronald Jones, in his first start of season, rushed for 77 yards. He had 177 last year against the Wildcats. Something’s clearly amiss this season.
USC basically looks like the Sam Darnold Show. He masks all the other deficiencies, including coaching. Darnold was the leader rusher per carry (9.0) and his passing rating was 175.88. He can make anyone look good.
USC linebacker Osa Masina appeared in a Utah courtroom (above) today and will have an evidence hearing Nov. 29. Masina is suspended from USC but is appealing according to his attorney, Greg Skordas.
OK, I already made my choice here. Now it’s your turn. Arizona’s got injury issues and is winless in the Pac-12. On the other hand, they did nearly beat Washington, who everyone thinks is invincible at the moment.