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USC vs. Arizona: Three Keys to the Wildcats proving themselves against the Trojans



It's time for the next installment of "Three Keys" for the Arizona Wildcats.

With the USC Trojans in town to play in front of a sold-out Arizona Stadium, the Wildcats have a chance to prove that the No. 10 ranking they currently own is no fluke.

Three Keys always uses a band from the city to provide the actual keys. Los Angeles has quite the plethora of bands. Like, it's insane to look at the bands that have come out of L.A.

I know what I'm doing for UCLA, and it's old school, so I wanted to go with something new for the USC game. Something fresh. Something different, like what this Arizona team needs to be compared to teams past.

I've been obsessed with Fitz and the Tantrums lately. Let's have Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs and crew tell you why an Arizona win against USC is more than just a dream.

1. Winds Of Change

This national attention is unprecedented for the guys that are on this particular Arizona team. Usually when the Wildcats garner this kind of attention, they fall apart. Kicking that habit and changing the Arizona Football culture is pivotal, and it starts this weekend against a program like USC.

2. House On Fire

The sold out atmosphere at Arizona Stadium needs to be in this game for the entire 60 minutes. Yes, the game starts at 7:30 local time, which does not bode well for the fourth quarter atmosphere being as awesome as the first quarter. Stay the whole game, yell the whole game. Get that USC offense flustered and force some false start penalties. This team deserves support for an entire game. Make it happen this weekend. Fourth Ave. will still be there at midnight. Don't worry.

3. Break The Walls

Controlling the line on both sides of the ball will be extremely important as both teams will be looking to dominate the run game. Arizona will have a limited Cayman Bundage at best, which is a big blow to the Wildcat running game. The rest of the offensive line will need to step up and negate USC's great Leonard Williams.

On the defensive side, I wouldn't expect the Wildcat defensive line to be as successful as they were last week. But if Scooby Wright and Tra'Mayne Bondurant can get behind the line and make some plays on first and second downs, Arizona will win this game.

Honorable mention: Out Of My League

Arizona wins this game, and the Wildcats have essentially a three-game lead over USC for the Pac-12 North with six games left. No matter how you look at it, that's amazing. And there's no bigger motivation than that in my opinion.