FishWrap Friday Game 13 Preview: UCLA @ Oregon (PAC 12 Championship Edition)

It is an honor to be the final PAC 10 Champion, and the first ever host of the PAC 12 Championship Game. Unfortunately, the PAC 12 Championship will always have an asterisk next to it, as the Ducks do not have to play USC again this season, so due to technicality, Oregon is looking at a limping UCLA squad across the field.

UCLA has literally nothing to lose: this is their coach’s final game, no matter what. They’ve been granted bowl eligibility, so it’s either Rose Bowl or Kraft Hunger Bowl, they have been slapped around by teams all year long, it is a perfect opportunity to shock the world.

Check out this week’s video:

 

 

The pistol offense is more broadly covered in this video from Week 2:

 

 

Predictions:

Oregon fans can remember last year’s Thursday night shellacking, 60-13, Darron Thomas’ best game (to that point), and the most dominant performance over any PAC 10 team in recent memory.

Since that point, Oregon’s offense has become more potent (IMO), and UCLA’s defense has gotten worse. UCLA’s offense has definitely improved, however, from a one dimensional team, to a “sort of one dimensional” team this year. Their position players have been showcased better than ever, but still, not showcased enough.

Neuheisel has something up his sleeve, I can tell you that. He’s said numerous times this week, “let’s catch lightning in a bottle.” It will take about 6 bottles for UCLA to have a realistic chance at staying in this one for long:

UCLA: 14

Oregon: 58

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Josh Schlichter

Josh Schlichter

Josh is a College Football enthusiast from sunny Southern California. He has written for several self-operated prep sports blogs, as well as multiple SB Nation sites. In High School, Josh played football for four years, and helped create and operate the team's no-huddle system. Most of Josh's football knowledge branches from watching College Football his entire life, and is backed up by his first hand experience in both option and spread offenses. Above all, though, he is a proud student at the University of Oregon.@joshschlichter

  • hokieduck

    Really disappointed in Josh Schlicter and the Fishwrap team for stating that it is an “honor” to not have to face USC again in the PAC 12 championship.  What a crock.  I would like nothing more than proving to the world that the game in Autzen two weeks ago was an aberration and that Oregon is the true champion of this conference (if we take care of business today).  Playing the BEST is an honor… not squeaking by for titular championships against lesser competition.

    This season will always be asterisked due to NOT getting to replay USC for the title.  I for one would like nothing more than to send Matt Barkley to the NFL on a loss rather than his feeling he proved that SC is the best team in this conference.

    • Josh

      That part is now edited, I must not have been looking at my article correctly last night. I apologize for the misunderstanding.

    • Josh

      I totally agree with you on all counts, by the way

  • Gageac

    Josh, I have greatly appreciated your game previews this season. They have added much to my enjoyment of each of the games.