Saturday, November 24, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell
PASADENA, Calif. -- It’s a beautiful Southern California afternoon -- a far stretch from the cold and drizzly conditions here last week for the USC game.
The ramifications of this game are significant -- especially if Oregon holds on against Oregon State (which looks likely heading into the fourth quarter). If the Stanford Cardinal win, they will be the North Division champions and will host UCLA next week in the conference championship game.
If UCLA wins, Oregon will be the North Division champs and the Ducks would host UCLA next week.
The key matchup is UCLA redshirt quarterback Brett Hundley and running back Johnathan Franklin versus Stanford’s fierce rush defense. Worth noting, however, that the Cardinal will be without nose tackle Terrence Stephens, who is missing the game for personal reasons.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is starting his third straight game against a ranked opponent. He’s already played his part in knocking off Oregon State and Oregon.
The Bruins look dashing in their “L.A. Night” uniforms -- the dark blues that they last wore at home against Arizona. Not that it means the Bruins will win 66-10 -- but they look really cool.