The SEC is not the only super conference in college football this season. The Pac-12 and the ACC have had some pretty outstanding teams that have hovered around the top 10 all season.
Now, the Pac-12 is trying to itself in position to not only win a national title, but secure BCS bowl bids for two or three teams. Two of those teams are playing against each other this weekend.
When Stanford and UCLA clash on Saturday, the old adage that offense scores points and defenses win championships might be thrown out the window. This is a case where the last team to have the ball may get the victory.
UCLA was last ranked in the top 10 the last time it won at Stanford. This is a critical game for Jim Mora and his team, especially Brett Hundley. Can the offense move the ball down the field against the Cardinal defense.
Stanford and Kevin Hogan saw their 13-game overall winning streak came to an end Saturday in a 27-21 loss at Utah.
UCLA has the same issues as Stanford in Salt Lake City nine days earlier before coming away with a 34-27 win.
Stanford is averaging 334.0 yards in their last two games, and rushed for a season-low 143 against Utah.The team has not lost back-to-back games since Oct. 10-17, 2009 -- Andrew Luck's freshman season.
Here are three things to know about this rivalry.
The loss may linger
Let’s hope last week’s fall to Utah does not have a lingering effect on Kevin Hogan.
According to ESPN.com, “The loss was quarterback Kevin Hogan's first as a starter after winning his first 10. Hogan failed to connect with wide receiver Devon Cajuste on fourth down from the Utah 6-yard line on the final drive."
Hogan is going to have to have a thick skin and amnesia to face the UCLA defense and escape its speed.
Offensive woes for Stanford
Hogan and his teammates are going to have to put in a little more effort to earn a conference victory.
The Cardinal offense has fallen to 11th in total offense (405.2 yards per game) in the Pac-12. That is not the kind of production worthy of a top 10 team in the nation.
Stopping the Bruins
While Stanford appears to be moving backward, the Bruins are speeding forward. This could be a shootout or a one-sided affair by UCLA.
According to the stats in the ESPN.com story, they're fifth in the nation with 547.0 yards per game and seventh with 45.8 points per contest They ran for just 78 yards against Cal -- 108 fewer than their previous season low -- but Mora thought that had more to do with Cal's approach.
Also, UCLA's 5-0 start ties its longest winning streak under Mora. The team has won five in a row last year heading into their first meeting with Stanford, then it all fell apart. Mora’s team lost the next three contests.