College Football Week 14: #17 UCLA At #8 Stanford
- CoachingJim Mora had to answer questions about whether his team gave max effort on Saturday after a 35-17 loss to Stanford. A win would have sent the Bruins to Eugene to play Oregon; instead, they’ll have to redeem themselves against the Cardinal on Friday night.David Shaw and staff figure they’ll see more, scheme-wise, from UCLA in the rematch. How Stanford prepares will be critical.
- OffenseThe Bruins didn’t do much offensively on Saturday, especially on the ground, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. It will take a more balanced effort to win the rematch.Stanford isn’t going to light up the scoreboard, but this offense is no longer a liability with Kevin Hogan at quarterback.
- DefenseUCLA will have to be tough against the run, as Stepfan Taylor had success against them.No team in the country has given up fewer rush yards this season than Stanford.
- Special TeamsThe Bruins fumbled a kickoff, which Stanford took in for a score.On Saturday, Punter Daniel Zychlinski mishandled a snap and was tackled before he could kick.
Stanford should have plenty of confidence, having just beaten UCLA, and has the added advantage of playing at home. Expect the Cardinal to earn the Pac-12’s Rose Bowl bid. -Andrew Kahn, College Football Contributor