The last time Arizona won a college football match was over two years ago. It was early October 2019, and the Wildcats pulled out of their Rocky Mountain ride with an impressive four-game win streak. Everyone was looking for Kevin Samlin, who won just five games in his first season.
Instead, everything was solved. Samlin was fired. Jedd Fish was hired. And in between, losing was the only constant. While the USC prepares to face Arizona on Saturday at 4:00 pm, the Wildcats have lost 19 straight matches, settling in the Pac-12 basement. This is by far the worst team in the conference.
That is, they couldn’t come to the Colosseum at a better time for the University of Southern California, which is returning home with its season in a death spiral. The Trojans have lost three out of four, and hopes for them are dwindling. With five weeks remaining until the end of the regular season, USC must win the majority of its games to qualify for the cup.
It would have been almost impossible to score this invitation without beating Arizona on Saturday. The Trojans are favorites with 21 points, which they won’t get anywhere near the end of this season. In their last four games, Arizona have lost 48-0 in the fourth quarter. This season, USC has surpassed opponents 88-13 in the final quarter.
All signs point to recovery. But USC can’t overlook anyone at this point in their season.
“A 19-game losing streak means nothing to us,” said interim USC coach Donte Williams. “Each game is different. Each game is different from the person you are playing against as a person. At the same time, they have a new lineup. I’m sure they are not worried about what happened last year or a year earlier. They are worried about what is happening right now. “