Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
The Bruins started the season like a team on fire. After falling behind 18 points to No. 23 Nebraska in Week 2, they scored 31 unanswered points to beat the Huskers, 41-21. Much like the Beavers, the Bruins have enjoyed an easy schedule to start the year by defeating Nevada, New Mexico State and Pac-12 cellar dwellers, Utah and Cal.
They traveled to Stanford and looked horrible, being shutout in the first half and only managing 10 points and 266 total yards. It doesn't get any easier for the Bruins as they travel to Autzen Stadium this weekend to take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.
Last year's meeting between the Devils and Bruins in Tempe was a shootout with UCLA handing Arizona State its second loss in as many weeks. The Sun Devils jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but the Bruins tied it up before the first quarter ended. The Bruins led by 11 points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth until the Sun Devils finally took back the lead with just over a minute remaining in the game. The Bruins kicked a field goal as time expired knocking the wind out of the Sun Devil faithful.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley hasn't tripped the light fantastic like Mannion, although he has faced a relatively easy schedule. He comes in ranked No. 32 in the nation in passing with 1,661 yards and his 13 touchdowns rank seventh in the conference. His completion percentage (66.8), however, is second best in the conference and ranks 21st in the country.
There are no big name threats on the offense with Jordon James in the backfield and Shaquelle Evans at receiver, both finding the end zone five times apiece.
After Oregon this weekend, the Bruins should improve their record by defeating Colorado, Arizona and Washington. The Sun Devils will be the only obstacle standing in the way of claiming their third consecutive Pac-12 South crown.
At this point, it is impossible to say which team will emerge the victor given the schedule over the next month, but it will most likely resemble last year's matchup with the Sun Devils squeaking out the victory this year.
Date: Nov. 23, 2013
Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: 92.3 KTAR FM (Phoenix metro area)
Current Opponent Record: (6-1, 4-0)
Current Ranking: No. 12 BCS, No. 12 AP, No. 11 USA Today