- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

ARIZONA STATE (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at No. 16 USC (3-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. (FOX)

Line: USC by 11 1-2.

Series Record: USC leads 18-11.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

A year after USC’s blowout loss in Tempe cost Lane Kiffin his job, the Trojans look to keep up their unbeaten start to conference play in their first game against a Pac-12 South rival. Arizona State had extra time to prepare for its attempt to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to UCLA last week.

KEY MATCHUP

Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici vs. USC DE Leonard Williams. Taylor Kelly is expected to miss his second game for the Sun Devils, putting the spotlight back on Bercovici after his 488-yard performance against UCLA. Williams is a big part of the Trojans’ efforts to disrupt the backup QB.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arizona State: S Damarious Randall. He leads the Sun Devils with 38 tackles, including an FBS-best 9.0 solo tackles per game. He’ll likely be busy in the defensive backfield against the Trojans’ big collection of speedy offensive playmakers.

USC: WR Nelson Agholor. Coach Steve Sarkisian wants the ball in the hands of his top receiver more often after Agholor had just three catches in QB Cody Kessler’s otherwise stellar passing performance against Oregon State.

FACTS & FIGURES

Arizona State RB D.J. Foster and USC RB Javorius Allen both have rushed for 100 yards in five of their last seven games. … The Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 63-13 in the first quarter this season, while USC has allowed only seven points in the first quarter all year - none by an opposing offense. … USC is the only school in the FBS that hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass this season. … Arizona State tied the opponents’ record for the most points ever scored against USC in last season’s 62-41 win.

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