- Erik McKinney, RecruitingNation
LOS ANGELES -- Perhaps no team in the country has faced a tougher opening to the 2011 season than the Arizona Wildcats (1-3 overall, 0-2 Pac-12), who are coming off consecutive losses to three top-10 teams. The Wildcats now have lost eight consecutive games to FBS competition and will look to end the streak against USC (3-1, 1-1) in the Coliseum, where Arizona posted a 21-17 victory to close the 2009 regular season. The Wildcats, led by eighth-year coach Mike Stoops, boast a potent passing game and have turned over the ball just one time this season.
• Scoring: 24.0 points per game (No. 86 overall, No. 10 Pac-12)
• Rushing: 62.3 yards per game (No. 119 overall, No. 12 Pac-12)
• Passing: 372.5 yards per game (No. 5 overall, No. 2 Pac-12)
• Total: 434.8 yards per game (No. 40 overall, No. 6 Pac-12)
Quarterback: No. 8 Nick Foles (6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Sr.)
The USC defense will get another test from a future NFL quarterback in Foles, who has completed more than 70 percent of his passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns against 0 interceptions this season. Foles isn't a threat to run, but he can make every throw on the field and isn't shy about spreading the ball around. He went over the 400-yard mark in passing against Northern Arizona and threw for 398 yards each against Oklahoma State and Oregon. In 2010, Foles carved up the Trojans for 353 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Arizona has lost three in a row and eight of nine dating to last season, but the Wildcats also have faced three top-10 teams already this season.