USC roundtable: Facing Arizona State 

September, 26, 2013
What is the key matchup for the Trojans game against Arizona State?
Garry Paskwietz: There are a couple good options to choose from in this one but I’m going to go with the USC passing game against the Sun Devils pass defense. Of course, part of this choice depends upon the SC offensive line going up against the ASU D-line, which includes the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in Will Sutton. The Trojans will absolutely have to give Cody Kessler some time in this one and they will certainly have their hands full in that area.

But the real key will come with the Kessler connections to Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor because those combinations simply haven’t gotten on track this year. It stands to reason they will need to in this game because the Trojans are going to have to put a decent point total on the board if they hope to come away with a win. The Sun Devils are currently ranked No. 2 in the conference in pass defense by allowing just 159 yards per game through the air. Both Lee and Agholor are capable of reaching that number on their own if the passing game is clicking.