TUCSON -- The 2-1
The game is a sell out. However, a very limited number of tickets could be returned Saturday from USC's allotment. Any remaining tickets would be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Arizona Stadium box office at
The preseason is over. Saturday's game is the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both schools.
This time the Cats know more of what to expect from a top caliber club, and also get the home crowd in their favor -- what shapes up easily to be among the school's top 10. UA sold out for its BYU game to open the year, bringing in a crowd of 58,450, the ninth-largest in Arizona Stadium. This one will be bigger.
Despite the presence of unanimous All-American wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett (and others) and a guy in Booty who appears to have the tools of quarterbacking predecessors Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, it might behoove the Cats to make the Trojans throw the ball. USC's running game is young for the first time in a while, likely featuring three freshmen tailbacks in the tilt at Arizona Stadium.
USC did not see Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama last season, and perhaps that piece of intrigue could give the Cats some kind of edge. Tuitama emerged two weeks after the matchup a year ago, and fared at the top level in a rout a few weeks later against the other Los Angeles team, No. 7 UCLA. No doubt, though, that USC's heralded defense will give its best shot at forcing the action, especially against Arizona's young offensive front.
The Cats had success last week running the ball, with junior transfer Chris Jennings recording one of the top games in UA history at 201 yards, among a team total of 263. The challenge of reaching any where near that success against a formidable USC team will be considerable.