Matt Wogan photo courtesy 247Sports.com
OK, Duck fans, now it starts to get serious.
The good news is that Oregon is at home again this weekend. The bad news is that the UCLA Bruins are coming to town.
Let's see a show of hands for everyone who, at this time last year, thought UCLA would have a 9-3 regular season record in 2012. Yeah, lots of you (and me) didn't see that one coming. Even though the Bruins closed out the year with three straight losses—Stanford twice and Baylor in the Holiday Bowl—Jim Mora Jr. accomplished a whole lot more in his first year as head coach than many thought he would.
And then what does he do? Goes out and signs the No. 8 recruiting class in the country, passing the former No. 1 class, USC, like it was standing still.
Good grief. What's going on in Westwood?
A well-coached team making the most of the talent they have, that's what. Look for the Bruins to win the Pac-12 South Division again and compete for the conference title. To do that, it would be useful to beat the Oregon Ducks in Eugene.
Close, but no cigar.
Oregon 37, UCLA 34 (If you are paying close attention to these Oregon scores, you will have noticed the addition of field goals. New Oregon placekicker Matt Wogan kicks three crucial field goals in this one, including the game winner with 28 seconds remaining. Yeehaw!)