Once again, the next test for Oregon will be in the national spotlight. ESPN’s College GameDay will travel across the country from South Carolina, to host the Ducks’ next game against UCLA. As for their schedule, this match-up will arguably be the toughest game to date for a team that needs to win every game in order to achieve their ultimate goal — the NCG.
This is the second time the Ducks have been featured on GameDay this year, and they hope to have similar results to their 45-24 win over the Washington Huskies, in Seattle. This game is also sure to hype the Pac-12 as an elite conference in the world of collegiate football. The game will be shown on ESPN at 4:00 PT and should bring in viewers from all across the country to see what our Ducks are all about.
UCLA has lost only one game this season, which came Saturday against Stanford, in a game close until the very end, with the Bruins finally falling by a final score of 24-10. The Ducks, meanwhile, are coming off a 62-38 throttling of the Cougs, including 28-straight unanswered points in the second half.
ESPN will also bring attention to the recent success of these two programs and their two Heisman contenders. One of them, the Bruin’s QB Brett Hundley, has been an amazing standout this year but has seen his stock fall since the team’s loss this past weekend.
As for Mariota and the Ducks, they will have to avoid some of their early mistakes, which included a total of three lost fumbles against WSU, including one returned for a defensive touchdown.
You can expect a well-fought game in the first half and less scoring than what might be predicted by others – but with the likely return of DAT-man, De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon looks to reign on.