With the Pac-12 title on the line, Stanford and UCLA are set to meet for the second time in two weeks.
The Cardinal easily handled the Bruins 35-17 last week, and that game was in Pasadena. Stanford will be hosting this one.
There was little to suggest in that last affair that the Bruins have what it takes to hang with Stanford. However, far stranger things have happened on the gridiron.
When: November 30, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: Stanford (-8.5), according to Bet Online on Nov. 26
Injury Report (via USA Today, as of Monday, Oct. 26)
Questionable: Ellis McCarthy, DL (knee), Devin Lucien, WR (collarbone)
Out: Damien Thigpen, WR (knee), Ishmael Adams, CB (shoulder), Greg Capella, C (concussion), Sam Tai, DE (knee), Dietrich Riley, S (neck)
Questionable: Terrence Stephens, DT (personal)
Doubtful: Daniel Zychlinski, P (shoulder)
Out: Geoff Meinken, FB (knee), Cole Underwood, T (knee)
UCLA Player to Watch: Johnathan Franklin, RB
Franklin has put together an outstanding season, as he has rushed for 1,506 yards at an average of 6.0 yards per carry.
Stanford bottled him up when these two met last week. He had 65 rushing yards, which came at just 3.1 per carry.
The 65-yard total was his second-lowest total of the season, and his 3.1 per carry was his lowest of the year.
He has to be better in this game if the Bruins are going to have a chance.
Stanford Player to Watch: Stepfan Taylor, RB
Stepfan Taylor has been a consistent force all year. He has 1,364 rushing yards at 4.9 yards per carry. He is the centerpiece of this powerful offense.
He will get plenty of carries, and he will almost definitely produce. That was certainly the case when these two played last week. Taylor went for 142 rushing yards on just 20 carries.
The Bruins can't let him be that productive this time around if they want to have any shot at pulling out a victory.
Prediction: Stanford 31, UCLA 13
Stanford is playing as good as any team in the nation. It is sound in all areas of the game. UCLA has had a fine season, but it can't hang with the Cardinal. The Bruins don't have the physicality.
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