Stanford vs. UCLA fearless prediction and game preview.
Stanford vs. UCLA Broadcast
Date: Thursday, October 17
Game Time: 9:00 ET
Venue: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA
Stanford (3-3) vs. UCLA (1-5) Game Preview
Why Stanford Will Win
The defense that pitched a gem against Washington two weeks ago needs to show up again at home.
The Cardinal have had their problems throughout the season with their offensive consistency, but at home the defense has been solid. It held down Oregon, shut down Washington, and knocked out Northwestern.
Is this the week the UCLA offense desires to show up and play? It’s not likely.
The Cardinal defensive front has been terrific at times against the run, it’s been a surprising rock in the red zone, and it’s doing just enough overall to be disruptive.
And that O? It might be bad, but it hangs on to the ball for forever and it doesn’t give it up. If the UCLA offense isn’t hitting its third down conversions, it’ll seem like the Stanford offense is on the field for 14 days.
Why UCLA Will Win
Okay, COME ON, UCLA. Here’s a team and here’s a game that should be right at your size.
Forget the 67-63 win over Washington State, this isn’t a Bruin team capable of rising up and rocking in a shootout – Oregon State, as bad as it is, was a bad fit two weeks ago.
UCLA needs it slow-and-go. It needs to face a team that isn’t going to run away with it and force any sort of a quick pace. Stanford’s offense wasn’t good to begin with, and it’ll once again be without QB KJ Costello and, most likely, backup Davis Mills. Jack West was a terrific recruit and has a world of upside, but he’s untested.
This isn’t going to be the week Stanford hits the field, throws for 300 yards and hangs 45 on the board.
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What’s Going To Happen
Slow, steady, and very, very measured. That’s going to be this game for a Cardinal team that won’t do anything flashy, but will methodically take advantage of one inept UCLA drive after another.
The Bruins’ awful secondary will get a week off from getting bombed on, but the D as a whole will have way too many third down problems. Be stunned if Stanford doesn’t have the ball for 40 minutes.
Stanford vs. UCLA Prediction, Line
Stanford 26, UCLA 14
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