Top 10 Things to look for during the Oregon vs. UCLA game

Top 10 Things to look for during the Oregon vs. UCLA game
October 24, 2013, 9:45 am
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Top 10 Things to Look for During the Oregon vs. UCLA Game

QUARTERBACK DUEL: Brett Hundley. UCLA’s sophomore quarterback who has been speculated as a top 10 draft pick, will give Marcus a run for his money, literally. The two star quarterbacks will both be in the spotlight this Saturday. Oregon’s Mariota is 123-197 with 0 INTs, while Hundley is 133-199 with 6 INTs.

WIN- LOSS: Oregon is 43-4 this decade. UCLA is 24-22. Take that as you will.

RUNNING GAME: Multiple reports say Oregon's RB De’Anthony Thomas is expected to make an appearance this Saturday against UCLA. It sounds as if he has been healthy enough to play since Oregon’s trip to Seattle two weeks ago. UCLA’s Hundley and Jordan James lead the Bruins in rushing for a team total of 1,191 yards. The Ducks have rushed for a combined total of 2,327 this season.

INJURY ALERT: Oregon’s offense may be recovering but the Bruins’ could be on the downfall. Two of UCLA’s offensive lineman left the game Saturday leaving Hundley vulnerable against the Cardinal defense. Tackle Simon Goines left with a knee injury and Connor McDermott, his replacement, suffered a separated shoulder during the game as well. UCLA also lost starting tackle Torian White two weeks ago for the remainder of the season. Pay attention to the Bruins starting line to see if they can protect Hundley from the Ducks.

HART ATTACK: Without their full forced O-line, the Duck’s D might have a chance to exploit Hundley and his Bruins. Senior defensive end, Taylor Hart, is only 2.5 sacks away from entering the U of O’s top ten list of most solo sacks in one season. He has made 16 thus far.

IN THE POLLS: Oregon is 3rd this week in the BCS polls but UCLA is not far behind ranking at no. 12. We have seen an insurmountable number of upsets the past few weeks and an Oregon upset would only enhance the list. Watch to see which offense will dominate Saturday’s game.

FOR THE RECORD: Oregon remains 7-0 this season while UCLA is 5-1. They were handed their first and only loss of the season last weekend against Stanford. The pressure remains on the Ducks to keep their winning streak alive. The Bruins, however, will need to pull it together in order to bounce back from their conference loss if they want any shot at earning a W in Eugene.

NO PICK: Marcus Mariota did have his first fumbles of the season last weekend against Washington State, but he has yet to throw an interception since last season. Keep an eye out as Mariota tries to carry out his nearly perfect turnover streak.

PENALTIES: Both UCLA and Oregon have struggled with penalties this year but each team has been able to overcome their yardage deficit. Oregon receives an average of 8.0 penalties per game while UCLA averages 9.8.

THE SERIES: The series matchup is currently 39-26, with the Bruins leading the way. They also have an advantage with a 12-6 record at Autzen against the Ducks. However, the Ducks have won four straight, and 9 of the last 11 meetings. The last time UCLA played at Autzen was in 2011 for the first ever Pac-12 Championship game—Oregon was victorious.

Written by Kristin MacDougald