No.2 Oregon has blown out every team it’s faced in 2013. Their Pac-12 matchup this week will be one of their toughest test this year, but the outcome is expected to be the same.
The Ducks are scheduled to host No.12 UCLA on Saturday. The Bruins suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend, falling to Stanford 24-10. The defeat dropped them three spots in the national rankings.
UCLA’s offense, which had been one of the best in the country, finally stalled when facing the Cardinal. In their previous five games, the team had never scored less than 34 points. Against Stanford, it took the Bruins more than three quarters to finally make it to the end zone, marking their only touchdown of the game.
A similar effort won’t come close to giving UCLA a chance to pull off the upset. Despite losing head coach Chip Kelly to the NFL, Oregon’s offense hasn’t slowed down a bit, averaging 57.6 points per game. Their elite offensive ability is the reason why the Ducks are favored by three scores.
The Bruins might not have the offensive power to match their conference rivals. They are banged up at several key positions, including left tackle and running back. Starter Torian White broke his ankle two weeks ago, and Simon Goines, who moved to left tackle as White’s replacement, proceeded to injure his left MCL. Jordon James missed the last two contests because of an ankle injury, and it’s unknown when he’ll be ready to return. The starter had been averaging 6.3 yards per carry, and Stanford held UCLA to 74 yards on 27 attempts.
Brett Hundley will likely have to perform at his best for UCLA to have a chance. As a dual-threat quarterback, the sophomore had been very impressive, until the game with Stanford. In his toughest game to date, Hundley threw two interceptions and totaled just 219 passing and rushing yards.
The Ducks have a leading candidate to win the Heisman in Marcus Mariota. No team has had an answer for the 20-year-old, and Saturday shouldn't be any different. UCLA’s best chance to remain competitive would be to force the sophomore into making a few mistakes, but he hasn’t thrown an interception all season.
Las Vegas Betting Odds: Oregon favored by 23 points
Over-Under: 71 points
Kickoff Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time
Where To Watch Online: WatchESPN
TV Channel: ESPN
Prediction: Oregon 55, UCLA 30