- Johnny Curren, WeAreSC, Reporter
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Two teams looking to get back on track face off on Saturday as No. 19 USC (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) hosts Arizona State (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) in a pivotal matchup in the race for the Pac-12 South Division title. The Trojans are reeling after a disappointing 62-51 loss to Oregon, the second consecutive game Lane Kiffin's crew has dropped. Todd Graham's Sun Devils are in the midst of an even longer skid, having suffered three straight defeats, most recently a 36-26 loss to Oregon State.
Scoring: 37.0 points per game (No. 2 Pac-12, No. 22 overall)
Rushing: 187.7 yards per game (No. 4 Pac-12, No. 41 overall)
Passing: 270.1 yards per game (No. 6 Pac-12, No. 40 overall)
Total: 457.8 yards per game (No. 5 Pac-12, No. 31 overall)
Quarterback: No. 10 Taylor Kelly (6-foot-2, 202 pounds, So.), No. 18 Michael Eubank (6-6, 233, Fr.)
Running the show out of an up-tempo, spread offense, Kelly has completed 65.5 percent of his passes this season for more than 2,100 yards while also amassing almost 400 yards on the ground. But the dual-threat quarterback is coming off arguably his worst performance of the season throwing the ball, completing just 22 of 41 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown with one interception against the Beavers.
Running Back: No. 6 Cameron Marshall (5-11, 215, Sr.), No. 8 D.J. Foster (5-11, 183, Fr.), No. 1 Marion Grice (6-0, 199, Jr.)
With more than 2,500 career rushing yards, Marshall is the workhorse, but it's actually Foster, a big-play freshman, who leads the team with 393 yards on the ground with an average of 5.5 yards per carry. Both Foster and Grice are also exceptional receiving options.
Wide Receiver: No. 15 Rashad Ross (6-0, 167, Sr.), No. 82 Kevin Ozier (6-2, 196, Jr.), No. 32 Jamal Miles (5-10, 184, Sr.)
This unit has speed and explosiveness, to be sure, but it hasn't exactly lit it up with the group's leading pass-catcher, Miles, ranking just fourth on the team with a total of 23 grabs. They've all shown flashes, though, particularly Ozier, who has five touchdown receptions.
Tight End: No. 87 Chris Coyle (6-3, 230, Jr.), No. 17 Darwin Rogers (6-4, 240, Jr.)
Coyle has emerged as one of the top receiving tight ends in the country, leading the Sun Devils with 43 catches for 501 yards and two touchdowns. He currently ranks No. 2 in the nation among all tight ends with 4.8 receptions per game.
Offensive Line: LT No. 62 Evan Finkenberg (6-4, 290, Jr.), LG No. 74 Jamil Douglas (6-4, 284, So.), C No. 67 Kody Koebensky (6-3, 285, Jr.), RG No. 72 Andrew Sampson (6-4, 301, Sr.), RT No. 71 Brice Schwab (6-7, 302, Sr.)
Replacing three starters from last year's unit, the Sun Devils' offensive line production has been off and on this season. It has spearheaded a rushing attack that averages 187.7 yards per game, but it's also allowed 26 sacks.
Scoring: 19.4 points per game (No. 3 Pac-12, No. 24 overall)
Rushing: 137.9 yards per game (No. 5 Pac-12, No. 39 overall)
Passing: 213.6 yards per game (No. 3 Pac-12, No. 45 overall)
Total: 351.5 yards per game (No. 4 Pac-12, No. 35 overall)
Defensive Line: No. 52 Carl Bradford (6-1, 233, So.), No. 90 Will Sutton (6-1, 267, Jr.), No. 92 Jaxon Hood (6-0, 295, Fr.), No. 43 Davon Coleman (6-2, 282, Jr.), No. 5 Junior Onyeali (6-0, 233, Jr.)
The defensive line is the catalyst in a defense that averages 4.3 sacks and 9.1 tackles for loss per game – both No. 2 in the nation. Sutton leads the team with 15 tackles for loss, 9.5 of which have been sacks.
Linebacker: No. 21 Chris Young (6-0, 232, Jr.), No. 2 Steffon Martin (6-1, 240, Jr.), No. 8 Brandon Magee (6-0, 228, Sr.)
Magee has a team-best 70 stops, and Young is another player who has made an impact in the tackles for loss category, compiling 13.5. As a unit, the linebacker corps has collected five interceptions.
Cornerback: No. 24 Osahon Irabor (5-11, 182, Jr.), No. 1 Deveron Carr (6-0, 190, Sr.)
Irabor and Carr have performed solidly as part of an Arizona State defense that ranks No. 7 in the nation against the pass. Against the Beavers, however, Irabor and Carr didn't have the best of outings, allowing two Oregon State receivers to accumulate more than 100 yards through the air.
Safety: No. 4 Alden Darby (5-11, 188, Jr.), No. 10 Keelan Johnson (6-1, 207, Sr.
Darby is a ball hawk with two interceptions to his credit, while Johnson brings more of a physical presence and is second on the team with 61 tackles, but like their counterparts on the outside, each struggled against Oregon State.
Kicker: No. 25 Alex Garoutte (6-1, 189, So.), No. 97 Jon Mora (6-1, 184, So.)
Garoutte has drilled 26 of his 60 kickoffs back for touchbacks, while Jon Mora has hit 5 of 7 field-goal attempts in 2012.
Punter: No. 47 Josh Hubner (6-4, 238, Sr.)
Hubner is No. 2 in the conference with an average of 47.4 yards per punt.
Kick/Punt Returner: No. 32 Jamal Miles (5-10, 184, Sr.), No. 15 Rashad Ross (6-0, 167, Sr.), No. 39 Robert Nelson (5-11, 170, Jr.)
Miles averages eight yards per return on punts, while Ross has emerged as the top threat on the team on kickoff returns, taking one back 100 yards for a touchdown against Colorado.
In a battle between two struggling teams, USC and Arizona State square off in a big Pac-12 South Division contest.