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Who wants it more? This one is up for debate, and an argument could be made for both teams.
Stanford’s schedule has been building to a crescendo in the last three games against Oregon State, Oregon and now UCLA. The team has a lot to prove and has consistently been overcoming obstacles. With a new quarterback giving the offense a jolt, together with a consistently excellent defense, the team is in a good position for a win.
UCLA is coming off four relatively easy victories before the emotional win against USC. The Bruins, too, have something to prove. They rose to the occasion for their rivalry game against the Trojans. The question is whether they can do it again against the Cardinal.
No matter what, this game promises to be entertaining for the fans and a fitting end to the Pac-12 season.
If Stanford does happen to prevail, the teams will have the opportunity to go back to the locker room, call it a day and prep for a rematch six days later in Stanford Stadium. That would be fun, too.
Predicted winner: Stanford