|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.1||2-1||2-1||35.0||20.3||428.7||(5.9)||1.3||31.7||20.7||435.0||(5.6)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||36.6||18.1||23.6||29:24||44-197||(4.5)||21-30||68.7%||256||(8.4)||75-453||(6.1)||(12.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||30.2||15.3||21.5||30:29||39-178||(4.6)||21-35||60.0%||249||(7.1)||74-427||(5.8)||(14.1)|
|Offense Road Games||26.0||13.2||20.0||30:16||47-188||(4)||18-27||65.0%||199||(7.3)||74-387||(5.2)||(14.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.0||13.9||23.4||30:35||44-173||(4)||21-34||62.9%||225||(6.7)||77-399||(5.1)||(15.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||32.2||17.1||22.7||29:29||42-195||(4.6)||21-34||61.1%||249||(7.4)||76-444||(5.9)||(13.8)|
|Defense Road Games||28.0||13.0||24.0||29:44||45-197||(4.4)||20-33||61.8%||227||(6.9)||78-423||(5.4)||(15.1)|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3.6||2-1||2-1||43.0||27.0||419.7||(6.8)||0.7||24.7||8.0||377.3||(5.1)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||29.7||18.7||19.7||32:36||38-177||(4.7)||18-28||63.6%||222||(8)||65-399||(6.1)||(13.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||29.1||15.4||21.3||30:17||39-162||(4.2)||21-35||60.2%||255||(7.3)||74-417||(5.6)||(14.3)|
|Offense Home Games||22.7||16.0||18.5||32:43||38-136||(3.6)||17-28||61.4%||216||(7.8)||65-352||(5.4)||(15.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.2||8.7||18.3||27:24||31-122||(3.9)||20-36||56.6%||215||(5.9)||68-337||(5)||(16.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||30.6||16||21.7||30:41||37-157||(4.3)||22-37||59.9%||265||(7.1)||74-423||(5.7)||(13.8)|
|Defense Home Games||13.7||6.2||15.5||27:17||30-107||(3.5)||19-34||55.4%||183||(5.4)||64-289||(4.5)||(21.2)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: UCLA 39.1, USC 39.7|
|11/30/2013||@ USC|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/19/2013||@ NOTRE DAME||10-14||L||2||L||51||U||31-129||20-34-201||1||40-129||14-25-166||1|
|11/1/2013||@ OREGON ST||31-14||W||5.5||W||51||U||44-242||17-21-247||1||16-92||26-45-277||3|
|11/30/2013||UCLA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|UCLA: Despite a three-game losing skid to end the year, Jim Mora Jr. has to be praised for his 9-5 first season with UCLA. The offense improved to 467 YPG (24th in FBS) thanks to QB Brett Hundley (3,470 pass yds, 29 TD, 11 INT; 355 rush yds, 9 TD). The sophomore won't have RB Johnathan Franklin, but plenty of talent still exists with RBs Jordon James (419 total yds), Malcolm Jones (313 rush yds career) and freshman Paul Perkins. Hundley has exciting targets in WRs Shaquelle Evans (877 rec. yds, 3 TD) and freshman Devin Fuller, but the O-Line can't let him absorb another 52 sacks (2nd-most in FBS). The scoring defense improved to 58th in FBS (27.6 PPG), from 94th in 2011 (31.4 PPG). An elite linebacker trio of Anthony Barr (13.5 sacks, 83 tackles, 4 FF), Eric Kendricks (149 tackles, 3 FR, 2 TD) and Jordan Zumwalt (70 tackles) is the heart of the 3-4 scheme. The secondary is green, but still better than most.|
|USC: The preseason No. 1 team is not supposed to lose six games, but that's just what USC did last year. With Matt QB Barkley gone, Lane Kiffin will start either QB Cody Kessler (2-for-2, 9 yds) or QB Max Wittek (36-of-69, 388 yds, 3 TD, 5 INT) in this redemption year. All-American WR Marqise Lee (1,721 rec. yds, 14 TD) led the nation with 118 catches, WR Nelson Agholor (341 rec. yds, 18.9 YPC) is an amazing athlete, and TE Xavier Grimble (316 rec. yds, 5 TD) is a future pro. The ground game has RB Silas Redd (905 rush yds, 9 TD) and freshman Justin Davis running behind a veteran O-Line. New DC Clancy Pendergast will run a 5-2 set for a DL-heavy team that had 45 sacks (T-4th FBS). DE/OLB Morgan Breslin (13 sacks, 62 tackles) is relentless, and LBs Hayes Pullard (107 tackles) and Dion Bailey (80 tackles, 4 INT) are accomplished. But the shaky secondary has no proven cornerbacks to rely on.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (UCLA-USC) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*UCLA-Southern Cal Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
No. 22 UCLA (8-3) at No. 23 USC (9-3), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Ed Orgeron has done his best during his tenure as interim coach to resurrect a Southern California program after a tumultuous run under former coach Lane Kiffin.
His efforts won't result in an appearance in the Pac-12 championship game, but the resurgence hasn't been lost on UCLA coach Jim Mora, who cast his vote for Orgeron as the conference's coach of the year.
The 23rd-ranked Trojans should have star receiver Marqise Lee back as they seek a sixth straight victory when the 22nd-ranked Bruins visit the Coliseum on Saturday night.
Orgeron has led USC (9-3, 6-2) to a 6-1 mark following the firing of Kiffin after a 62-41 loss to Arizona State on Sept. 28, becoming a semifinalist for the national coach of year and making a strong case for the school to remove his interim tag in the process.
The Trojans continued their winning streak last week, beating Colorado 47-29 as Javorius Allen rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
"He gave them a real spark," Mora said. "When you come into a situation like that where you're an interim coach, the likelihood of being retained - at least from the outside perception; who knows what's really going on over there - it frees you up to really go after it. I voted for him for Pac-12 coach of the year. That's what kind of job I think he's done. I think he's very deserving of it."
Mora's Bruins (8-3, 5-3) didn't do crosstown-rival USC any favors last week, though, falling 38-33 to then-No. 19 Arizona State, which clinched the conference's South Division.
"We know that there is a lot more emphasis on this game just because of the rivalry and the tradition behind it," said USC quarterback Cody Kessler, who finished 19 of 28 for 184 yards and two touchdowns last week. "But we're going to treat it just like any other week."
The Trojans have won 12 of the last 14 meetings, but Orgeron still is bitter over last season's 38-28 defeat when he was an assistant under Kiffin.
"Getting beat. Losing. Terrible taste in our mouth," Orgeron said during this week's teleconference. "Against our rival team. Not playing well. Letting down the Trojan family. Not a very good feeling."
Lee caught nine passes for 158 yards and a touchdown in that contest, but he's missed three games this season due to injury and didn't make the trip to Colorado last week because of a sore shin.
Orgeron said he's "sure" Lee will play this week, and Mora said his team needs to be prepared for a player he believes to be among the best in the country - fully healthy or not.
"He's as special as they get," Mora said. "He has all the attributes of a great receiver. He loves to compete. He can get off the bump-and-run, he can beat you deep, he can stop on a dime and run great routes. You can tell he's not 100-percent healthy, but that doesn't mean a lot when you're talking about Marqise Lee."
UCLA has injury problems of its own and could start three freshmen on the offensive line after left tackle Simon Goines had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right leg suffered against Arizona State.
Receivers Gray Mazzone and Darren Andrews also are out with injuries for the Bruins, who are 1-3 against ranked teams this season.
"We're very close. We're an incredibly young football team," Mora said. "We're moving up the mountain, we just have to get more mature and that's a process. There's no magic fairy dust you can sprinkle on a freshman and say, 'OK, now you're a junior.'"
Brett Hundley was sacked nine times last week and could face similar pressure from a strong USC front led by Leonard Williams and George Uko. Hundley went 22 of 30 for 234 yards and a touchdown while rushing for two more scores in last season's meeting, and Orgeron has made it a point to stop him this week.
"We cannot let Hundley run the ball or throw the ball deep," Orgeron said. "We need to be great on coverage and great on our rush."
Mora said his team will be ready for Saturday's showdown despite last week's disappointment.
"You always worry after a tough loss, a real emotional loss, how you're going to respond," Mora said. "They just came out and went to work. They're excited about this game."
USC has won seven straight meetings at the Coliseum since UCLA's 31-24 victory Nov. 22, 1997.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 8:38:48 PM EST|