UCLA Bruins vs. Stanford Cardinal
Tip-off: Friday, November 30, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
Stanford Stadium, STANFORD, CA
As part of senior day celebrations held earlier in November for the Stanford Cardinal‘s final home game of the regular college football season, outgoing players wore T-shirts that read: “Last Walk.”
YouWager fans were expecting for the Pac-12 Conference championship coming to The Farm a year ago and now it is a matchup nobody could’ve predicted.
Now that the team doesn’t have Andrew Luck, the eighth-ranked Stanford (10-2, 8-1) is surprisingly where the team wanted to be all along: hosting the league title game Friday night in a quick rematch against No. 17 UCLA Bruins (9-3, 6-3), which overtook preseason No. 1 Southern California to capture the South Division crown.
So much for that Oregon-USC showdown so many online sports wagering experts had forecast this fall.
The Cardinal only league loss came versus the Washington Huskies in the fourth game of the season, losing 17-13 on a Thursday night when the offense failed to score a touchdown. Stanford’s coach David Shaw replaced quarterback Josh Nunes after eight games with redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan, who has beaten three ranked teams — Oregon State, Oregon Ducks and UCLA — in his first three career starts to give the nation’s top rushing defense some support.
UCLA lost to the Beavers and California before winning five straight — the program’s longest winning streak in seven years — a run capped with a thrilling 38-28 win against the crosstown rival Trojans.
The Cardinal had to win its finale in Pasadena just to get another shot at UCLA because No. 6 Ducks (11-1, 8-1) beat Oregon State 48-24 in the Civil War rivalry that finished about 10 minutes before the Cardinal and Bruins began their game in front of a sellout crowd at the Rose Bowl.
The Bruins’ hopes to play in the program’s first Rose Bowl game since 1999 will not be any easier this week.
Stanford already secured three straight 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. The senior class, which figured their playing days at Stanford Stadium might’ve ended when they rallied to beat the Beavers 27-23 on Nov. 10, has an opportunity to go out with three consecutive 11-win seasons — all ending in different BCS bowls.