How much will defensive coordinator Johnny Nansen influence today’s USC-Arizona game?
In case you think I’m exaggerating, just look at the Arizona-Washington game two weeks ago. The Wildcats offered zero pass rush and it looked like Nansen had no idea what to do to combat the Huskies’ offense. Washington won, 49-39.
Sometimes when you play so bad, you rebound a bit. Not enough to beat USC. But maybe you can cover the spread.
That’s the dilemma I see today. Arizona needs QB Jayden de Laura to have one of his games where he doesn’t screw up constantly by trying to make too many plays by himself. And it needs Nansen to call a game that somewhat slows down the Trojans. Is he even capable of it?
It’s a big ask. And it’s your task this morning to pick the correct score of the game.
“We know our band is better than their band,” Arizona president Robert Robbins said Friday night. “They only know how to play one song.”