18.Sep.2012 Oregon State @ UCLA
Ah, the difference between playing in the Rose Bowl and playing in The Rose Bowl.
Hey, as Beavs we're taught to settle.
I've tuned into UCLA each week, and what impresses me most is the QB and overall intensity. In the past, UCLA slacked off. They relied on "out-athleting" teams like OSU. But now they seem more disciplined. Mora Jr is acerbic, but with that comes focus and determination (see his quote on not even knowing OSU beat Wisconsin) the last few Bruin coaches lacked.
Franklin is averaging 8.2 yards per carry, and UCLA is second in the nation in total yards. This with a decent OOC schedule of Rice, Nebraska (#16), and Houston. For those who didn't see, Franklin put up 300+ yards and 4Tds vs Nebraska, and Franklin ran for over 200 yards. Now, is Nebraska any good? Who knows. Does the transitive property relate to football? Nope.
So, who knows what to take away from three games, other than UCLA seems to finally have a QB, some intensity, and look like an improved squad. Beavs look improved, too. But with Wisconsin likely being terrible this year, some wind came out of the home opener's sail.
I'm not sure what to make of this game. Beavs rarely play well vs UCLA. UCLA likely isn't as good as their record or offensive stats. Both Beav's lines looked good in week 2, and as we know, that's where games are won. So taking everything into consideration I see this being a close game. My biggest concern is UCLA running read option. That combined with them being at home gives them the edge, but I don't think it's +11 like Vegas does. Until Banker shuts down decent read option teams consistently I can't even think about picking the Beavs, even though I'm willing to concede they have a decent shot to win this game.
UCLA 27, Beavs 21