After a hot start to the season in which the UCLA Bruins were 5-0, the team lost two straight before winning another two straight and their record today in 7-2 with conference title hopes still looming large. Jim Mora has put this team on the map and it looks like it will win the Pac-12 South division with three wins to end the year.
The same hot start was in the Washington Huskies‘ favor as they began the season 4-0 and then lost three straight games before winning two straight — basically eliminating themselves from title contention. Being in the toughest division in the conference doesn’t exactly help.
The Bruins are led by strong sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley who is one of the best at what he does in the nation. Hundley has passed for 2,225 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season while also, sadly, leading the team in rushing with 487 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Jordon James has 471 yards and five touchdowns on the season with a 5.9 yards per carry average. Shaquelle Evans leads all receivers with 503 yards and seven touchdowns on 34 catches this season.
Washington will rely on Keith Price to continue their win streak and attempt to extend it to three. The senior quarterback has been solid this season, passing for 2,481 yards and 18 touchdowns with just four interceptions and four rushing touchdowns. Jaydon Mickens leads all receivers as Price’s favorite target with 50 catches for 614 yards and four scores. The run game is also pretty solid, ranking 17th in the nation, behind one of the best running backs in the nation — Bishop Sankey. He has rushed the ball 222 times for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns on the year.
Defensively, the Bruins rank 38th in points allowed per game as well as ranking 48th in yards allowed per contest with just under 400. The Huskies rank 27th in points allowed to go along with the 69th-ranked yards allowed per game with over 400 per contest.
Washington will travel to UCLA to take on the Bruins at 9 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 15. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Washington 30, UCLA 38