The #22 USC Trojans will clash with the #16 Iowa Hawkeyes in the Holiday Bowl on the 27th of December from the SDCCU Stadium in San Diego. The Trojans went 8-4 on the season with a 7-2 record in PAC-12 play. The Hawkeyes logged a 9-3 regular-season record with a 6-3 mark in Big Ten action. This is the first meeting between these sides since the 2003 season.
QB Kedon Slovis Propels USC to Top 25 Ranking
The #22 USC Trojans head into the Holiday Bowl riding a three-game winning streak. The Trojans have also won five out of their last six games overall. Three of their four losses this season occurred against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. Trojans QB Kedon Slovis will play a big role in this game. The freshman QB had a spectacular season after taking over as the #1 QB in place of JT Daniels due to injury. Slovis has accumulated 3242 passing yards with a dazzling 28:9 TD to INT ratio on the season. It won’t be easy for the talented QB against an elite Hawkeyes pass defense.
The Trojans are not a big threat on the ground, and they have their work cut out for them against a good rush defense. Vavae Malepeai leads the way with 466 rushing yards in seven games. The junior RB eclipsed 100 rushing yards once this season.
Watch for Michael Pittman Jr. who will play a key factor in this one. The senior WR has surpassed 100 receiving yards in three straight games, and he has 1222 receiving yards on the year. The Trojans offense relies on their strong passing game and they scored over 40 points four times this season.[embed]https://twitter.com/USC_FB/status/1203027577499078656[/embed]
The USC defense is not nearly as effective as the offense. They especially have trouble defending the pass with a pass defense that ranks 99th in the FBS, and the Hawkeyes can be productive in the air. The Trojans stand 76th overall against the run. USC is scoring an average of 33.2 points, ranking them 36th overall. They are allowing an average of 27.8 points, placing them 66th in the FBS. USC went 2-3 against ranked opponents this season.