UCLA vs. Stanford: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2013

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  Brett Hundley #17 of the UCLA Bruins in action against the Stanford Cardinal during the Pac-12 Championship game at Stanford Stadium on November 30, 2012 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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No. 9 UCLA will head north to take on the suddenly struggling No. 13 Stanford Cardinal. 

Stanford is coming off a tough loss to Utah in Week 7. That came just a week after the Cardinal narrowly avoided a home upset against the Washington Huskies. 

Things are still on the upswing for the undefeated Bruins. UCLA is off to its best start in years at 5-0, and coach Jim Mora has his team in the national championship picture. However, UCLA hasn't faced an opponent near Stanford's quality yet.

 

When: Saturday, October 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Stanford Stadium

TV: ABC/ESPN 2

Spread: Stanford -6 according to Bovada

 

Injury Report (Injury info via USA Today)

 

 

Top Storyline: Can Stanford Save Its Season? 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 12: Quarterback Kevin Hogan #8 of the Stanford Cardinal gets ready to be sacked by Nate Orchard #8 the Utah Utes during the second half of an NCAA football game October 12, 2013 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Just a week ago, the Cardinal were in prime position to make a run at the national championship game. The loss to Utah hurt, but it isn't the end of that dream. Win or lose last week, a Nov. 7 home game against No. 2 Oregon always loomed pivotal.

If the Cardinal can right the ship against UCLA and handle Oregon State next weekend, they will be on the inside track to the Rose Bowl with a win over Oregon. 

To do that, the Cardinal defense is going to have to start playing better.

The defense has looked increasingly vulnerable. The Huskies shredded it during a late comeback, while Utah last week went for over 400 yards while controlling the ball for over five more minutes. 

 

Prediction: UCLA 27, Stanford 20

I don't see Stanford's defense improving against Brett Hundley and the solid UCLA defense. The Bruins have already rushed for over 1,100 yards at an average of 4.8 yards per carry. That attack will help the Bruins wear down the Stanford defense as the Bruins dominate in time of possession.