College Football Week 13: #11 Stanford At #15 UCLA
- CoachingDavid Shaw’s team executed a masterful game plan in pulling off the upset against Oregon last week.Jim Mora has UCLA in the Pac-12 title game in his first season, regardless of the outcome of this game. Taking down USC last week was a huge step for this program.
- OffenseKevin Hogan gives this once-struggling offense a new dimension. The Cardinal didn’t light up Oregon last week, but it made big plays in crunch time.The Bruins scored on their first four possessions last week to take a 24-0 lead. Johnathan Franklin ran for 171 yards.
- DefenseStanford deserves to win this category off the strength of last week’s performance alone. This is shaping up to be one of the better defenses in the country.The Bruins gave up more than 500 yards last week but forced three turnovers.
- Special TeamsAfter Oregon’s kicker missed, Jordan Williamson knocked home a 37-yarder to give Stanford the victory.The Bruins blocked a punt last week. Their punting and kicking has been solid.
This game kicks off 3.5 hours after Oregon/Oregon State. If the Ducks win, UCLA can’t get home field advantage in the Pac-12 title game and many would say a loss (which would match them up with Stanford six days later) is better than a win (they’d play Oregon). Stanford has more motivation to get the victory. -Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor