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Following the Bruins' 42-14 loss at Oregon last October, Mora said the Ducks set a bar for his team to try to match as championship contenders.
"We have to get to the point where we do the things on a consistent basis that championship teams do and we’re not there yet," he said, per GoDucks.com. "We are trying desperately to get there and these kids are working their tails off.”
Oregon is perhaps the one true measuring stick of UCLA's progress in its championship aspirations. In 2014, the Ducks return a roster bursting at the seams with talent.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota is a favorite to compete for the Heisman Trophy, the tandem backfield of Byron Marshall and Thomas Tyner is potent and the offensive line is experienced and stout.
A slightly new perspective on defense behind coordinator Don Pellum could mean a more aggressive approach, particularly from the front seven.
On paper, these are the top two teams in the Pac-12, and this showdown in the Rose Bowl may very well prove to be a Pac-12 Championship Game preview.
Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics compiled via CFBStats.com.