After a tough loss to the Stanford Cardinal a week ago, the UCLA Bruins dropped to 5-1 on the season and fell to No. 12 in the rankings after climbing into the top-10. Jim Mora has turned this team into a serious contender and it’s going to take more than one loss to knock this team out of the conference title race.
On the other side of the field, the Oregon Ducks have been widely considered the second-best team in the nation and that’s due to the way they defeat their opponents. However, the first BCS rankings have been released and the Ducks find themselves third on the list thanks to the Florida State Seminoles whooping of the Clemson Tigers on the road.
The Bruins are led by a Heisman-hopeful quarterback in Brett Hundley that has been nothing short of fantastic this season for UCLA. The sophomore quarterback has 1,661 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with over 250 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground. He has spread the ball around as no receiver has more than Shaquelle Evans‘ 319. The run game ranks 39th in the nation behind Jordon James‘ 463 yards and five rushing touchdowns.
Oregon has a scary offense. Plain and simple, this team knows how to score and score big. Marcus Mariota, like Hundley, is one of the best young quarterbacks in the nation, passing for 2,051 yards and 19 touchdowns for the 7-0 Ducks. The sophomore quarterback also has 493 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground for the second-ranked rushing offense in the nation. Byron Marshall leads all rushers with 746 yards and nine touchdowns on a 6.7 yards per carry average. Josh Huff is the leading pass-catcher for Mariota, catching 32 passes for 627 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, the Ducks have been solid this season, ranking 12th in the nation in points allowed per game. While they don’t give up too many points, they are less impressive when it comes to total yards allowed per game with 387 which ranks 38th nationally. The Bruins rank 18th nationally in points per game while also ranking 24th in the nation in yards allowed per contest.
The UCLA Bruins will travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: UCLA 30, Oregon 42