UCLA has checked a whole lot of containers this season in relation to contending for a Pac-12 title and past. A brand new take a look at Saturday on the Rose Bowl will likely be the way it responds to a loss for the primary time in practically a yr.
The Twelfth-ranked Bruins have an opportunity to get their rhythm again following a loss at Oregon when Stanford involves city.
Will probably be UCLA’s second Pac-12 After Darkish matchup this yr. 4 weeks in the past, underneath the intense lights of the Rose Bowl, the Bruins kicked off a stretch of three consecutive video games towards Prime 15 opponents with a win over No. 15 Washington. Then they beat No. 11 Utah at dwelling earlier than falling to No. 10 Oregon in Eugene – finishing the stretch with a good two out of three wins.
UCLA (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) is nicely in rivalry to make the Pac-12 Championship Recreation. Its subsequent three opponents – Stanford, Arizona State and Arizona – have a mixed 3-10 file in convention play with only one win every.
The Cardinal (3-4, 1-4 Pac-12) simply notched their first convention win final week, beating Arizona State 15-14 at dwelling behind 5 area objectives by Joshua Karty. They’re on their first win streak of the season after successful at Notre Dame the earlier week.
“We won’t go on the market and overlook them,” UCLA defensive again Mo Osling III stated.
Coach Chip Kelly stated the Bruins have stored an excellent perspective in response to the Oregon loss, which dropped UCLA out of the Prime 10 and would possibly put it on a collision course with USC. Each LA colleges, together with Utah, are 3-1 in convention play. If USC and UCLA win out the following three weeks, the Nov. 19 crosstown matchup could possibly be for a spot within the championship recreation.
Very first thing’s first although – placing Eugene behind them and getting again within the win column. UCLA has dropped 12 of its previous 14 video games towards Stanford – which included an 11-game shedding streak.
“You’ll be able to’t let one recreation equal two video games,” Kelly stated. “And what I imply by that’s in case you get beat as soon as, you’ll be able to’t let that group beat you once more.”
When UCLA has the ball
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson had his worst passing recreation of the season statistically final week, finishing 27 of 39 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The senior nonetheless ranks second within the nation and first within the Pac-12 with a .738 completion proportion.
The offense did not battle to attain at Oregon, placing up factors on all however one possession, not counting a pre-halftime kneel down. However in a two-score recreation, the Bruins settled for 3 area objectives and Thompson-Robinson’s interception got here within the purple zone.
Stanford’s protection, which has restricted its previous two opponents to 14 factors apiece, might take a look at Thompson-Robinson. The Cardinal lead the Pac-12 in third-down protection (30.8%) and are the convention’s second-stingiest passing protection, permitting 214.4 yards per recreation.
Kelly was impressed by Stanford’s protection over the previous three video games, relationship to a 28-27 loss to Oregon State on Oct. 8. The secondary sticks near receivers and the linebackers are robust, bodily and energetic, in line with Kelly.
“I assumed their protection performed excellent and is admittedly flying round on the defensive facet of the ball,” Kelly stated.
Linebacker Levani Damuni leads Stanford with 46 tackles and defensive finish Stephen Herron is tops with 4.5 sacks.
UCLA working again Zach Charbonnet, who notched his fifth 100-yard recreation of the season at Oregon, might have one other huge recreation. Stanford permits 187.6 speeding yards per recreation, which is tenth within the Pac-12.
When Stanford has the ball
After three consecutive weeks of dealing with cellular, dual-threat quarterbacks, UCLA will face a extra conventional passer in Stanford’s Tanner McKee.
That might both be excellent news for a protection that has needed to chase across the likes of Michael Penix Jr., Cam Rising and Bo Nix, or unhealthy information for a secondary that allowed 283 passing yards to Nix final week.
“I do not know (if it is) essentially simpler,” Bruins linebacker Bo Calvert stated. “It is only a completely different type. I believe you simply flip the web page and understand we’re not taking part in Oregon, we’re taking part in Stanford.”
UCLA allowed 545 yards of whole offense to Oregon, probably the most it has given up this yr, because the Geese scored on every of their first seven possessions.
Stanford, nevertheless, didn’t file a landing final week and McKee has not thrown for a rating in two video games. That belies a stellar passing efficiency towards Arizona State, when the third-year quarterback accomplished 33-of-57 passes – which have been profession highs in each completions and makes an attempt.
“He is a terrific quarterback,” stated Osling, who led UCLA final week with 17 tackles. “He places the ball the place it must be.”
McKee’s 320 passing yards have been additionally the second most in his profession. The previous Corona Centennial Excessive star does have a number of touchdowns in 5 video games this season. Nevertheless, Stanford will in all probability be with out prime receiver Michael Wilson, who was injured towards Notre Dame and is “seemingly out for the yr,” Stanford coach David Shaw stated final week. Operating again Casey Filkins, who leads the Pac-12 in touches, can also be out for the season.
Kelly referred to as McKee an excellent resolution maker who isn’t afraid to throw contested balls at Stanford’s huge receivers.
“In case you’re in protection lots, attempting to take these guys away, then they’ll damage you within the run recreation, and I believe Tanner’s making actually good choices,” Kelly stated.
Calvert, who was round for Stanford’s 11-game win streak over UCLA earlier than it was snapped in 2019, stated the mentality for responding to a loss is to have short-term reminiscence whereas additionally remembering errors.
“That is the factor that separates guys who’ve one loss decide their season, or have one unhealthy play take them out of a recreation,” Calvert stated.
Stanford (3-4, 1-4 Pac-12) at No. 12 UCLA (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12)
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
The place: rosebowl
TV/Radio: ESPN AM 570
Line: UCLA by 16½