The Oregon Ducks will be looking to tighten up things on defense on Saturday. They gave up 49 points against Stanford in the last game they played. However, to the Ducks defense a good amount of those points came from offensive lapses. If Justin Herbert can execute proper play calling it should be fairly easy for the Oregon offense to move the ball on a struggling UCLA defense. If Herbert can continue to make plays and read the defense, the Ducks can potentially derail the Bruins from trying to put together a better season. If the Ducks can establish a run game early with Royce Freeman, the Ducks will be able to utilize the play action or option plays to free up the receiving corps. Oregon’s defense will have to step it up if they plan on stealing the win away from UCLA. The Bruins have racked up 527.2 all-purpose yards, but the Ducks have only allowed 362 yards. It will be a battle for both teams to put them in the win column.
Rosen and the Bruins offense need to establish the run game, which for the most part this season has been almost non-existent. The biggest thing they need to focus on is stopping the run game on defense while still protecting the secondary, so Oregon doesn’t create the dual-threat offense that UCLA has had some struggles with this year. Rosen will need to never perform like he did this past weekend when the Bruins faced off against Arizona, no touchdown passes and three picks. I think it is safe to say that Rosen will not be doing that anytime soon. But what does this mean for the UCLA team? It means Rosen will go out there on Saturday and show you why he is one of the best quarterbacks in college football right now. I am willing to make an educated guess and say we will see his fourth 400-yard game of the season. With wide-out Darren Andrews running routes, we will see some great passing that will more than likely result in Bruins touchdowns.
Overall both teams respectively need a good amount of work to get back to the glory that they both have seen. This matchup could be a make it or break it for either team going forward this season. I believe that going into the coming years we may see a shift from the PAC-12 leaders. As we have already started to see the rival of both teams, USC, rise to become one of the more recognized teams in the PAC-12. This is good news to both the UCLA Bruins and Oregon Ducks programs. Will it be Rosen and the Bruins to bring their season new life or will Herbert and the Ducks be able to shut down the UCLA offense. The shootout between the Oregon Ducks and the UCLA Bruins is set for Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 PM PST located at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California