The UCLA Bruins put up a good fight against the No. 3 Oregon Ducks, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the biggest upset of the season, as Oregon pulled away in the second half. The Bruins were the first team all season long to be tied with the Ducks going into halftime, but Oregon scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for the 42-14 victory.
After their tough matchup against UCLA, Oregon has to face their strongest opponents yet, the Stanford Cardinal. A win against Stanford should vault the Ducks ahead of the Florida State Seminoles in the BCS rankings and help secure their place in the BCS National Championship.
However, the Ducks’ upcoming schedule is extremely difficult. After Stanford, Oregon faces the Utah Utes,who knocked off Stanford earlier in the year; after that, they face the Arizona Wildcats, who are more dangerous than most people realize. In their final game of the regular season, they will face Sean Mannion and the Oregon State Beavers, who have the potential to pull off the upset. Oregon faces the toughest teams on their schedule in the next four games and has to not only win, but win by huge margins to maintain their position in the BCS rankings.
With the win against UCLA, Oregon has shown that they can handle the game not going their way early on, continue to play their style of football, and still come out on top. The commanding second half over the Bruins will give the Ducks much needed momentum to beat a tough Cardinal team. Stanford was the reason they missed out on the BCS Championship last season, and they don’t want history to repeat itself.