With a pounded 24-10 lost by now ranked No. 9 Stanford, UCLA will be preparing for their game against Oregon (No.2). Well, they are both very good football teams,” Mora said. “They are very different in the ways they play the game. It is two very hostile environments to go in to play.”
UCLA leads the series against Oregon (39-26), but the last meeting was won by Oregon in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game in 2011.
“We have another big opportunity,” said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.
UCLA’s defense has held the first six opponents to less than 30 points the first time since the season of 2001. UCLA’s defense will focus on Oregon’s offense, which is ranked second in the nation in both total offense and scoring. The Ducks sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has gone 265 attempts without an interception, extending his Pac-12 record. Oregon’s sophomore RB Byron Marshall will be another key player for Oregon. Marshall achieved a fifth 100-yard rushing game; he rushed a career-high 192 in rushing yards against Washington State.
UCLA has a problem this season with in jury concerns running deep. As the Bruins two key players for this week, linebacker Eric Kendricks and offensive tackle Simon Giones, may not be playing in the game against Oregon. Kendricks, the lead tackler, went to a hospital to get tests on his kidney. He suffered a bruise during the Stanford game, but was unsure if it was a bruise to the kidney or “the surrounding tissue.”
Goines, who protects Hundley’s blind side, reinjured his right knee, and his backup Conor McDermott suffered separated shoulder. Insult to injury, the Bruins lost starting tackle Torian White for the season after he tore a ligament and broke a bone in his right leg Oct.3 against Utah.
Oregon expects to get De’Anthony Thomas back from his right ankle injury after missing the last three games.
“In order to be a championship team, sometimes you’re going to get knocked down,” said Hundley. “It’s really about what you do when you get knocked down.”
The Bruins will appear on the field on Saturday. They will travel to Eugene, Oregon, to face Oregon at 4pm, and will be televised on ESPN.