Game Of The Week: USC at ASU
USC (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Arizona State (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
Dave Razzano previews this week's "Game of the Week." He is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).
USC Players To Watch:
Marc Tyler, TB - Sr.
The son of ex-NFL star Wendell Tyler combines size, strength and elusiveness and is the Trojans' key component of their running game production this season. With 39 carries for 164 yards and 1 TD after the first three games, expect the workhorse senior to start putting up some big numbers in the next few weeks.
Matt Barkley, QB - Jr.
One of the more efficient and accurate passers in college football, Barkley is completing an impressive 69% of his throws with nine TDs and only 1 interception. His leadership and consistency are his biggest assets. Read full scouting report on Barkley.
Robert Woods, WR - So.
This big play underclassmen already has 33 catches and four scores on the year. Also a dangerous return man, he has the potential to score from anywhere on the field due to speed, hands and ability to run after the catch.
Nick Perry, DE - Jr.
One of the more unheralded defenders in the nation, Perry is not only an explosive pass rusher off the edge, but can play the run with impressive strength and leverage.
T. J. McDonald, S - Jr.
The son of former Trojan and NFL star Tim McDonald, the impressive junior is following in his father's footsteps by making several bone-jarring tackles the last two seasons. He is also a very good leader and coach on the field type.
Arizona State Players To Watch:
Aaron Pflugrad, WR - Sr.
The son of former ASU assistant and current Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad, the senior WR has become the favorite target of QB Brock Osweiler early in the season. He runs crisp routes, has very good hands and knows where the third down markers are. Clutch performer.
Gerell Robinson, WR - Sr.
Has only 14 catches and 1 TD on the year, but the sure-handed senior will likely see his production increase as teams start to focus on early season sensation Pflugrad.
Brock Osweiler, QB - Jr.
It is always fun watching big, strong-armed QB's who can make every throw in the book. The more Osweiler plays the better he gets. His 6-foot-8 frame makes it easy for him to see over defenders and find open targets. Read full scouting report on Osweiler.
Colin Parker, LB - Sr.
His 24 tackles after three games leads the defense. As teams try to game plan for teammate Vontaze Burfict, this allows the quick and instinctive senior to find the ball on a consistent basis.
Eddie Elder, S - Sr.
The aggressive Elder comes to play each and every week and his production helps offset the loss of talented DC Omar Bolden. He lacks the blazing speed but his ability to key and diagnose plays is as good as any safety in the Pac-12 Conference.
After two impressive early wins, the Sun Devils lost by three to a talented Illinois team in a hard fought game. Now the USC Trojans come to town so ASU will have to play error-free football against the most impressive group of athletes in the Pac 12. The 3-0 Trojans have talent and depth across the board, but they are a young team still trying to find an identity.
Arizona State will have to come out throwing the ball as USC is very difficult to run the ball on with their strong front seven on defense. A big key will be ASU's veteran offensive line giving QB Osweiler time to throw against the Trojans blitz-happy defense. USC and QB Matt Barkley may have too many weapons for ASU to overcome.