…turnover margin turns in USC’s favor.
Both teams are adept at forcing turnovers, albeit in different areas. The Trojans have come away with more interceptions this season while the the Bruins have forced more fumbles. Both sides will be looking to stop the other offense by taking the ball away.
For USC, turnover margin in wins and losses has been key. When USC wins, their turnover margin stands at +9, but in the three losses this season that number swings to -7. In wins this season the Trojans have forced about 3.4 turnovers a game while losing 2.1. But in losses, USC has averaged 1.3 turnovers forced with 3.6 turnovers lost. Meanwhile, UCLA’s turnover margina is +5 in wins and -1 in losses.
If the Trojans want to come away with the win, they must do two things – protect the football on offense and attack it on defense.