November 10, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats mascot Wilbur performs during the first half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats vs. USC: Staff Predictions

The Arizona Wildcats take on the USC Trojans on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 live from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Here are our picks for Thursday’s game:

Justin Sayers, Editor: USC 31, Arizona 28
Justin-Sayers_avatar“As long as there is uncertainty at the quarterback position for Arizona, it’s tough for me to pick the Wildcats. Arizona just won’t be able to get through their Pac-12 schedule without a passing attack. Also, Wildcats fans can attest to the rejuvenation that comes as a result of playing under a new coach (See: Arizona vs. UCLA in 2011). I think that the injuries to the Trojans’ receivers and defense keep the game close, but USC’s superior talent is too much for the Wildcats to overcome.”

Nicole Cousins, Staff Writer: Arizona 38, USC 31
Nicole-Cousins_avatar_1380526818-177x190“Arizona and USC will be well-rested after each having a bye week last week, which can only mean one thing: a high-scoring game. Expect the Wildcats to utilize their running game with running back Ka’Deem Carey – averaging 143.7 yards/game – and quick-footed quarterback B.J. Denker – 70 yards/game – heading UA’s offense. USC’s motivation for Thursday’s game stems from the recent firing of ex-head coach Lane Kiffin and last year’s 39-36 loss to the Wildcats. The Trojans will most likely focus on their defensive efforts after falling to ASU 62-41 Sept. 28.”

Fernando Galvan, Staff Writer: Arizona 31, USC 24
“With USC having to deal with a new head coach taking over and with All-American wide receiver Marqise Lee questionable because of a knee injury, I think it all spells trouble for the Trojans this Thursday. Add to that Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats looking to rebound after their big loss to Washington and I see a win for Arizona this week. Things might turn around for USC eventually, but it will not start until after the Arizona game.”

Zoe Wolkowitz, Staff Writer: Arizona 21, USC 17
Zoe-Wolkowitz_avatar_1380129593-190x190“With Arizona’s struggles at quarterback and USC employing an interim head coach, the game should be close. To win, Arizona will need to move the ball better than they did against Washington on a strong USC defense. I think both teams have their own issues to overcome, but the Wildcats pull out the victory.”

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