Ducks vs. Bruins Now a Must Win

MarcusMariota2014Both the Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins were caught sleeping at the wheel this past week, falling to unranked opponents. The dream scenario of both teams meeting at 5-0 this week at the Rose Bowl was blasted apart by the Arizona Wildcats and Utah Utes, leaving the Ducks and Bruins both staring at potential back-to-back losses.

It began Thursday night when Arizona stunned Oregon 31-24 at Autzen Stadium.  Arizona came into the game as 24 point underdogs, despite the fact that they were undefeated at 4-0 and had stolen a win away from Oregon at the end of last season. The Ducks led early, taking a 7-3 lead at the half, but gave up a quick touchdown to begin the third quarter to fall behind 10-7.  However, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Devon Allen on the ensuing drive to regain the lead 14-10.  Arizona would go on to score fourteen unanswered points in the third and held a ten point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Mariota was able to tie it back up, but Terris Jones-Grigsby punched it in from a yard out to take a 31-24 lead with less than three minutes.  Mariota and the Ducks offense could not muster anything in the final minutes as the Ducks lost yet again to the Wildcats in stunning fashion.

Then two days later, UCLA hosted Utah at the Rose Bowl.  The Bruins trailed the majority of the game, but took the lead 28-27 with 4:50 to go after a forty yard touchdown pass from Brett Hundley to Eldridge Massington.  But with just thirty-four seconds remaining, kicker Any Phillips buried a twenty-nine yard field goal to give Utah a 30-28 lead that they would not yield.

So the Ducks and Bruins will meet at the Rose Bowl this Saturday at 12:30 PST.  Though they are no longer undefeated, the stakes are just as high with any chance of making the first ever college football playoff on the line for both teams.  It’s possible, however very unlikely, that a two loss team will sneak into the playoffs, but chances are the four participants will all have no more than one loss. That makes this game even more important for both squads so you can expect the level of intensity and urgency to be at a high.

Currently, the median price for Oregon vs. UCLA football tickets is $109.  That makes it the second most expensive game remaining on the UCLA Bruins home schedule at the Rose Bowl, followed only by their November 22nd matchup with the USC Trojans. The cheapest tickets available at TicketCity begin at just $56 for this Saturday’s game.

Though ESPN College Gameday may no longer choose UCLA vs. Oregon as its destination for October 11th, it is still one of the premier matchups of the week. It is one of five games this week pitting two opponents that are both ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press Poll.  And with Mariota and Hundley both at the helm, you are guaranteed for an entertaining affair!