This week’s game of the week brings us to the offensive juggernaut in Eugene, Oregon. The second ranked team in the nation, the Oregon Ducks, will play host to #12 UCLA Bruins. Averaging 57.3 points a game, Oregon and quarterback Marcus Mariota can’t be stopped. Mariota seems to be the Heisman front runner while throwing for 19 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. As long as he is clicking on all cylinders, and without turning the ball over, it is safe to say Oregon will walk away with this win.
UCLA is coming off of a disappointing loss to Stanford last week. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for 13 touchdowns this year, but has also thrown for 6 interceptions, two of which came last week against Stanford. The Bruins defense has been the strong point throughout the season so far, giving up only 19.2 points per game.
Oregon (7-0, 4-0 PAC 12) will have to make a statement against UCLA (5-1, 2-1 PAC 12) this week in order to move ahead in the BCS rankings. With the huge win by Florida State last week, Oregon now fell to third in the BCS rankings, which came out for the first time this week. With a win this week, Oregon will then travel to Stanford next week. These next two weeks are absolutely critical for Oregon and their hopes to play for a national championship.
Keys to the game:
1Oregon: Offense averages 57.3 points per game. Defense is giving up only 17.3 points per game. Can Heisman front runner Marcus Mariota and the Duck’s high powered offense continue to not turn the ball over?
2UCLA: Offense is averaging 39.8 points per game. Defense is giving up only 19.2 points per game. Will the UCLA Bruins change up their game plan from last week, in which they only put up 10 points against Stanford?
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