As the second-biggest game of the week, the Stanford Cardinal will host the UCLA Bruins in a huge week eight battle in the Pac-12. Stanford is coming off a tough loss to the Utah Utes in week seven — a loss that no one saw coming and the Cardinal will hold over their heads until they avenge it.
On the other side of the field, the Bruins are 5-0 this season thus far and have been a completely different team with Jim Mora as the head coach. Since taking over, he has put this team on the college football map — leading the Bruins to a 14-5 record in his two seasons as the head man in charge.
The Cardinal are led by a quarterback by the name of Kevin Hogan who had been solid this season until the team’s loss to Utah in which he completed just 55 percent of his passes for 246 yards and one touchdown. He led the Cardinal to just 21 total points against a surprising Utah team. Hogan has 1,178 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season to lead the Cardinal. Ty Montgomery has been Hogan’s favorite weapon in the wide out department, catching 31 passes for 514 yards and five touchdowns. Tyler Gaffney has been solid in the run game, rushing for 570 yards and seven scores.
UCLA could be one of those surprise teams that could contend for not just a Pac-12 title, but also for a national title. The ninth-ranked Bruins find themselves as the underdog in this game even though they are the higher ranked team of the two, but they also believe they have a lot to prove still. Quarterback Brett Hundley is one of the best in the nation and could be a serious Heisman contender before it’s all said and done. He has 1,469 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season, connecting with Shaquelle Evans for four scores. Jordon James leads the rushing attack with 463 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The UCLA Bruins will travel to Stanford to take on the Cardinal at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will be broadcasted on ABC and ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: UCLA 30, Stanford 33