One week after getting hammered by Stanford, the UCLA Bruins head north up the West Coast to take on undefeated Oregon, which has looked unstoppable this season.
UCLA hadn't lost a game until last weekend's lopsided loss to the Cardinal, but this program is staring two losses in the face going up against the Ducks in Eugene on Saturday.
Heading into the game against Stanford, the Bruins featured the No. 7-ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging 45.8 points per game. But UCLA only managed to score 10 points in a losing cause, thanks to the stifling Cardinal defense.
The Bruins will need to score plenty of points this weekend to beat Oregon, which features the nation's No. 2-ranked scoring offense, averaging 57.6 points per game.
But the Ducks aren't just good on offense. They have shut down opposing offenses to the tune of 17.3 points per game this year, which is the 12th-ranked mark in the nation.
Needless to say, UCLA isn't favored to win this game, and it'll be a monumental upset if it does.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 70.5 pts.
- Spread: Oregon (-22.5)
UCLA Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Jordon James||RB||Ques Sat - Ankle - 10/21/13|
|Brandon Tuliaupupu||DT||Ques Sat - Knee - 10/21/13|
|Ian Taubler||DE||Ques Sat - Concussion - 10/21/13|
|Eli Ankou||DT||Ques Sat - Knee - 10/21/13|
|Roosevelt Davis||RB||Ques Sat - Foot - 10/21/13|
|Torian White||T||Out indefinitely - Ankle - 10/4/13|
|Kenneth Walker||WR||Out indefinitely - Back - 9/4/13|
|Owamagbe Odighizuwa||DE||Out for season - Hip - 8/8/13|
Oregon Injury Report (via USA Today)
|De'Anthony Thomas||RB||Prob Sat - Ankle - 10/20/13|
Will Brett Hundley Rebound to Save UCLA's Season Against Oregon?
UCLA needs to score early and often this Saturday to beat Oregon, which means quarterback Brett Hundley must bounce back from his atrocious outing against Stanford and play up to his full potential.
Hundley was pressured on most passing downs and struggled to connect with his receivers on the perimeter. He finished the game having completed 24 of his 39 attempts for just 192 yards with one touchdown and two costly interceptions.
Even worse, Hundley wasn't able to generate any offense with his legs, rushing for just 27 yards on 11 carries.
Another game like this against Marcus Mariota and the Ducks will spell doom for the Bruins.
Hundley must come into the game with exceptional focus. He must deliver strikes on time to his receivers and must not turn the ball over.
Given the speed with which Oregon puts points on the scoreboard, the last thing UCLA needs is to give the Ducks extra chances.
Hundley can't compete with the offensive prowess of Mariota and the weapons he has in his arsenal.
DeAnthony Thomas sat out of the team's past three-plus games with an ankle injury, but in an interview with The Oregonian, he said he "should play" this Saturday.
Which team will win?
That's great news for Oregon, but it's terrifying news for UCLA.
Oregon's offense is an unstoppable machine—especially playing in front of the home crowd.
UCLA's defense isn't good enough to shut it down, and this game could easily get out of hand quickly before halftime.
Oregon wins 55-24
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