A preview of UCLA at No. 2 Oregon (ESPN, 9 ET)
The Oregon Ducks are No. 2 in the BCS Standings, but No. 1 in the AP, Coaches and Harris polls. This is the Ducks first appearance at the top spot in school history. The No. 2 BCS ranking ties the school’s highest position (Nov. 11, 2007), but Oregon probably is more concerned with where it finishes. The Ducks have never been higher than No. 4 in the final standings (2001).
Oregon hasn’t started 7-0 since 1933, when Prink Callison was head coach and the Ducks were members of the Pacific Coast Conference. The last three times the Ducks were 6-0, they lost their seventh game.
Not only is Oregon the highest scoring team in the nation (54.3 points per game), it has etched itself in the school record books. The 326 points this season are the most in any six-game stretch in school history. The Ducks have outscored their opponents 49-0 in the fourth quarter this season and 128-13 in the second half.
Sophomore LaMichael James, who leads the FBS with 169.6 yards rushing per game, already has 13 career 100-yard rushing games, one shy on Jonathan Stewart’s school record.
The Ducks have won 13 straight games at Autzen Stadium, dating to 2008, the second longest streak in stadium history. UO won a record 23 straight home games between 1997 and 2001. The Ducks have also won their last 11 home games in the month of October.
Oregon has played 34 games since it was last shut out, and has averaged 42.0 points per game in that span. The last team to blank the Ducks? UCLA, which beat Oregon 16-0 at the Rose Bowl in November 2007.
As for the UCLA Bruins, they've lost six straight games against the AP No. 1 team, and are 4-10 overall against AP No. 1. Their last win against an AP No. 1 team was 1976, when Dick Vermeil was the Bruins head coach. That year, UCLA topped Woody Hayes’ Ohio State team 23-10 in the Rose Bowl.
This will be the first time UCLA faces a Pac-10 team other than USC that’s ranked No. 1
UCLA has actually had more success against ranked opponents this season than teams outside the top 25. The Bruins are 2-1 against ranked teams (beating No. 23 Houston and No. 7 Texas) and 1-2 against unranked opponents.