Matchup: Stanford at #8 UCLA (-8, 50 at JustBet)
Date/Time: Friday, November 28th @ 3:30 pm (EST)
Location: Pasadena, CA (Airing on ABC)
Preview: The UCLA Bruins will look to end their regular season with their sixth straight victory when they host the Stanford Cardinal in a PAC-12 contest on Friday from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.
The UCLA Bruins are coming off their best performance of the season, defeating crosstown rival USC 38-20 last Saturday night. Quarterback Brett Hundley completed 22 of 31 pass attempts for 326 yards and three touchdowns and had a 184.8 QBR. Running back Paul Perkins also contributed rushing for a game-high 93 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries. It might have been the Bruins’ best defensive performance this season, limiting USC running back Javorius Allen to just 60 yards rushing, and allowing just 214 yards passing from USC quarterback Cody Kessler. Kessler was under duress for a majority of the contest, and was sacked 6 times.
The Stanford Cardinal got back into the win column last Saturday with a 38–17 win over California. The Cardinal rushed for 204 yards and got a steady performance from quarterback Kevin Hogan. Hogan was efficient completing 75% of his passes for 214 yards. At 6–5, Stanford is clearly on a down year and have struggled for the most part offensively, gaining just 381 yards per game. Stanford’s struggles on offense has overshadowed the stout defensive performance this season. The Cardinal still are 6th in the nation in total defense, allowing just 289.7 yards per game.
From what we saw last Saturday, this is the UCLA squad that everyone expected to see at the beginning of the season. Stanford is now the only team standing between the Bruins and an appearance in the PAC-12 title game against Oregon. UCLA’s defense is definitely playing at a high level, and I don’t expect the inconsistent offense of Stanford being able to keep up with the Bruins. UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. really has his team clicking on all cylinders, and I expect them to get the job done on Friday, as they have an outside shot of getting into the national championship playoff as well. Stanford won’t make it easy, as I expect a tight game throughout with UCLA pulling away in the second half.
2014 Week 14 NCAA Football Pick: UCLA -5, Under 50
Stanford vs UCLA Score Prediction: UCLA 28 – Stanford 17