UCLA vs. Stanford Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the UCLA vs. Stanford fearless prediction and game preview.
UCLA (2-1) vs. Stanford (1-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Each team could use a nice and breezy Pac-12 win, but the one that comes out of this alive won’t get it.
UCLA’s battered and bruised defense didn’t make the flight to Memphis in a wild firefight 48-45 loss, but at least that wasn’t in Pac-12 play.
This is what the Bruins are going to be. The running game won’t be good enough, and they’re not going to stop anyone, but they have a magnificent quarterback who’ll wing it around the yard and always keep the team in the game.
Put Josh Rosen on Stanford, and the Cardinal would be in the national title hunt.
This was supposed to be the rebound season for David Shaw’s time, and it still might be.
However, the team lost its identity over the last two weeks after getting out-toughed by USC – not exactly the biggest butch team on the block – and then falling flat in a loss to San Diego State.
Lose to the Bruins at home, and then it’s back to the drawing board.
One Reason Why UCLA Will Win
Let’s just cut to the chase – Josh Rosen has been the best quarterback in college football over the first three games.
Yeah, Baker Mayfield was awesome at Ohio State, but he has help around him. He doesn’t have to carry the team like Rosen does. Neither does Sam Darnold or Mason Rudolph. Lamar Jackson has to put Louisville on his back, but so far, Rosen has been more magical.
Really? He’s being dogged for the two tough interceptions against Memphis? He threw for 463 yards and four touchdowns.
The comeback against Texas A&M was obviously legendary, but he’s been more than that. He’s been the catalyst who’s been able to overcome all the other problems – and now he has to do it again.
USC ran all over Stanford, but the scary part for the Cardinal D was how Darnold did whatever he wanted.
One Reason Why Stanford Will Win
Don’t … get … cute.
Yeah, Stanford needs a more consistent downfield passing game. Yeah, the defense could stand to stiffen up a bit against the run. Yeah, Rosen is a problem. But this is no time to try figuring things out or testing out parts of the attack.
Just go with the ground game, and don’t stop.
UCLA got lit up by Memphis QB Riley Ferguson, but the bigger defensive problem is against anyone who can run the ball even a little bit. This is still an injured D that can be pounded on.
Stanford only ran the ball 22 times against San Diego State, but averaged almost eight yards per pop. It averaged 6.5 yards a carry against USC, but didn’t stick with the ground game in key spots.
This week, Stanford, don’t mess around.
It’s this simple. The Cardinal have lost their last seven games when they’ve run fewer than 30 times. Five of those games came from 2012 to 2016.
They’re 0-2 this year when they can’t or didn’t hit the 30 carry mark.
What’s Going To Happen
Stanford will run, and run some more.
This will start to look like the Cardinal team everyone was waiting for, helped by playing a UCLA squad that can’t stop the ground game and aren’t going to be able to run the ball a lick.
UCLA vs. Stanford Prediction
Stanford 40, UCLA 27
Stanford -7, o/u: 63.5
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