Of course it's Hundley. This game is a battle of Heisman-worthy quarterbacks. Plenty is on the line here for the Bruins' passer after the stunning loss to a Utah team that sacked the Hundley 10 times. But Oregon's defense has struggled this season, allowing nearly 455 yards per game -- No. 119 in the country against the pass and No. 56 against the run. There will be plenty of yards to be had. Hundley has the required tools to pick apart this Oregon defense, but he'll need more consistent protection and better pocket awareness. This game will go a long way to defining Hundley's season when it's all said and done.
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Intangible: Ability to bounce back
Both UCLA and Oregon suffered ugly defeats last week, none of which were anywhere near expected. With both teams now with one loss in conference play, the winner of this game will hold the edge in the race for the Pac-12 title. UCLA can't afford any lingering effects from the Utah loss when the Bruins take the field Saturday. The Rose Bowl will be amped for this one. Coach Jim Mora should get his team in a big-game mindset, despite the fact that we're only mid-season. This game will now define the season.
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Across the field: Ducks QB Marcus Mariota
As previously stated, this game is a battle of Heisman-worthy quarterbacks. Two Heisman-worthy quarterbacks on teams that struggle to protect them. A case could be made for Oregon's offensive line being just as bad as UCLA's. Mariota has been sacked 12 total times over the past two games. Ducks OC Scott Frost suggested after last week's loss to Arizona that Mariota might not be 100 percent healthy. Mariota told reporters Tuesday, "I'm good. I'm good." Healthy or not, it doesn't matter; Oregon's patchwork offensive line needs to keep a clean pocket for Mariota to work from. Amazingly, though, he'll likely still find a way to make plays and put up big numbers, as he has yet to thrown an interception to go with his 15 touchdowns in five games this season.
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Prediction: Oregon 41, UCLA 38
It's hard not to look at this game as the beginning of a slippery slope for the losing team. Neither team wants to lose back-to-back games in conference play, not when winning the conference a likely ticket to the College Football Playoff. Oregon hasn't lost back-to-back games since the end of the 2007 season. While the streak definitely is in danger against a ranked conference opponent on the road, it's unlikely to be broken Saturday when the clock strikes 0:00.