No. 18 UCLA Bruins (4-1, 1-1) vs. No. 12 Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1)
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m. PT, Rose Bowl
TV: FOX (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Molly McGrath)
Radio: 1150 Fox Sports/AM 570 (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)
Coach: After Chip Kelly bolted for the Philadelphia Eagles in January 2013, Mark Helfrich took over and produced good but not great results. After four straight BCS bowls, the Ducks lost two games in Helfrich’s first season and ended up with an Alamo Bowl victory over Texas — as well as a No. 9 spot in the final AP poll.
Coming off a loss to Arizona, Oregon now looks more beatable than it has in years, with many fans starting to question whether or not Helfrich was the right man to lead the program. Former defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, now a Pac-12 Networks analyst, even picked this week to say that he would have accepted a hypothetical head coaching offer rather than retiring.
QB Marcus Mariota, Jr., 6-4, 219 — 91/128, 1411 yards, 16 TD, 0 INT, 42 carries, 215 rushing yards, 3 TD
– Not much more needs to be said about Mariota, who has been playing lights out this season — minus his late-game fumble against Arizona.
RB Royce Freeman, Fr., 6-0, 229 — 67 carries, 346 yards, 5 TD
– Ranked the No. 8 running back prospect in 2014, the four-star recruit quickly became the lead runner in a talented backfield. Among the conference’s top 20 rushers, only he and USC’s Buck Allen are listed at 220 pounds or more. Continue reading