Thursday, November 29, 2012
Pac-12 predictions: Week 14
By Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell
Ted Miller went 5-1 last week, while Kevin Gemmell went 3-3. That leaves them tied at 64-25.
UCLA AT STANFORD (PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME)
Kevin Gemmell: No team in the Pac-12 has gotten better, more consistent line play this year than Stanford. And while I expect this to be a more competitive game because of adjustments (and two outstanding coaches who know how to adjust), UCLA's offensive line can't get that much stronger and that much more experienced in six days. And if you watch last weekend's game between the Cardinal and Bruins again, you'll notice that Stanford didn't blitz much -- meaning it was able to slow the Bruins in its base defense and didn't have to play its hand when it comes to pressure. That alone will keep UCLA's young offensive line guessing this week. Stanford 28, UCLA 21.
Ted Miller: Stanford was in control throughout the first game last weekend, a 35-17 victory, but it had a lot more to play for, as it needed a victory to win the Pac-12 North Division. The Bruins won't have motivation questions this time. The question, however, are twofold: (1) Did they hold anything back in the first meeting? (2) And, if not, do they have some wrinkles to add this time that will make a difference? The most obvious thing is the Bruins using quarterback Brett Hundley as a runner to soften the Cardinal's defense. The problem is Stanford is playing as well as any team in the nation right now, including the two that will play in Atlanta on Saturday for a berth in the national title game. Stanford 24, UCLA 20.
NICHOLLS STATE AT OREGON STATE
Kevin Gemmell: Who knows how/if Oregon State's season would have been different had these teams played as originally scheduled Sept. 1. But I'm guessing after the loss to Oregon, the Beavers are happy to be back on the field this week and have a chance to end the regular season with a win. Oregon State 49, Nicholls State 10.
Ted Miller: What this game does is give the Beavers a final 9-3 record, which is a reverse of last year's misery. That should feel really good in Corvallis. Oregon State 45, Nicholls State 13.