Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
When: Saturday, November 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
Play-by-Play: Tim Brando
Analyst: Spencer Tillman
Sideline Reporter: Holly Sonders
Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Jerry Allen
Analyst: Mike Jorgensen
Sideline Reporter: Joey McMurry
Pre-Game Show: Terry Jonz
Betting Line: Oregon (-10.5) — Over/Under = 61.5
Series History: 39-28 UCLA. The Bruins won last year’s matchup 31-14, a game in which Herbert was out injured and Burmeister was the starting quarterback. He finished the game 8-of-15 for 74 yards with an interception and two rushing touchdowns while running back Royce Freeman ran for 160 yards on 29 carries. Prior to that loss, Oregon was on a six-game winning streak from 2008-14, including a 60-13 win in 2010.
Oregon Storyline: After being on the road for two weeks, the Ducks return to the comfortable confines of Autzen Stadium to face UCLA — and its new head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly is revered in Eugene, leading the Ducks to a 46-7 record and four BCS Bowls in his four years at the helm. More importantly, Oregon is in desperate need of a victory after dropping its previous two games. Making matters more difficult is the health of quarterback Justin Herbert and wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, the Ducks’ best offensive players who sustained concussions last week and who’s status is in jeopardy this weekend. A win makes the Ducks bowl eligible, while a loss continues this tailspin with no end in sight.
UCLA Storyline: Obviously the main storyline is the return of Kelly to the opposite sidelines he used to roam. More than that, is the health of quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a dual-threat quarterback who makes the Bruins as dynamic as possible on offense. Joshua Kelly is emerging as a legitimate running back who can take over games. It’ll be an emotional game in which Chip Kelly wants a win — can he rally his new team to defeat his old?
Oregon Players to Watch: Sophomore RB CJ Verdell; Senior DE Jalen Jelks; Sophomore WR Johnny Johnson III; OC Marcus Arroyo
UCLA Players to Watch: Freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson; Junior LB Keisean Lucier-South; Junior RB Joshua Kelly; Senior S Adarius Pickett
Matchup to Watch:Oregon Pass Offense vs. UCLA Pass Defense
Draft Slant:Senior DE Jalen Jelks
Weather Forecast: 59 degrees and cloudy at kickoff. Five-percent chance of rain with 69-percent humidity. Winds expected at 3 mph.
Prediction: In what’s expected to be an emotional game for both teams, it’ll come down to the little things. If that’s the case, the Ducks are favored because they’re home after being on the road for two weeks — both of which were sad and demoralizing losses. Oregon is in desperate need of a win and I think somehow, someway, the Ducks do it. The defense steps up, the offense starts to execute again, and the special teams tightens up — all while returning home. Don’t be surprised if this game is close at the half before Oregon pulls away in the second half to get the season back on track.
OREGON 42 — UCLA 24