The UCLA Bruins and Stanford Cardinal will face off this Friday in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The winner of this contest will gain a berth to the Rose Bowl.
For Stanford, a win will demonstrate not only that Stanford is a premier program in the college football world, but it also validates head coach David Shaw and his ability to run the program in the wake of Jim Harbaugh leaving for the NFL. A victory will signify consecutive years where the Cardinal will have participated in BCS bowl games.
Regardless of the outcome of this game, this year has been considered a massive achievement for Jim Mora. The team is one win away from a 10-win season and one win away from the first Rose Bowl appearance for the Bruins since 1998.
Let's take a look at the keys to the game for the Bruins in order to defeat the Cardinal.
*The game will be played on Friday in Palo Alto, CA. It will be televised on FOX, and can be seen at 5 p.m. PT.