Eddie Vanderdoes (Photo: Steve Cheng)

Staff Predictions: UCLA

Time for the BeaverBlitz staff to weigh in with our picks and score predictions for Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl.

Angie Machado:  Oregon State 21 - UCLA 17

I actually think the Beavers are going to pull this one out.  All week I've gone with them losing a close one, but why? Sure they haven't won a PAC 12 road game in almost forever, but UCLA is soft and may just fold. This one really could go either way, but I'm going with the Beavers being due for a win and the positive mojo.

Eric Machado: UCLA 27 - Oregon State 17

Another game where I would pick the Beavers if it was a home game.  UCLA has lost a lot of close games against good competition, similar to Stanford.   And similar to the Stanford game, I just don't think the Beavers are to the point yet where they can win on the road. 

Jeff Perry:  UCLA 24 - Oregon State 17

I was perilously close to taking the Beavers in this one--were it played at Reser, I would have. This feels like another game where the Beavers will be in the game, beat the spread, but we'll have a few "if only they..." moments in the game that will spell the difference and see them come up just short.

Brian Rathbone: Oregon State 28 - UCLA 24

I feel like this is the week that Oregon State gets a victory. OSU can still salvage their season with a strong finish, while UCLA has struggled to live up to expectations after being picked to win the PAC 12 South, so there is no saving the season for the Bruins.

John Newby: Oregon State 27 - UCLA 21

The Beavs haven't exactly been fantastic on the road this season, but a match-up against the Bruins could fix that. Jim Mora's squad is battered and bruised and possibly starting yet another quarterback. To make matters worse, UCLA is struggling with a new offensive scheme.

Sure, the duo of McMaryion and Blout could struggle against the improved Bruin defense, but the Beavs defense should keep the game competitive until they can establish a rhythm.

Peter Riley Osborne: UCLA 35 - Oregon State 31

I think it will be close and I almost was going to give OSU teh nod (I kind of feel like I should), but I don't like the match-up of Vanderdoes and Andrews especially with Lauina in the game instead of Lavaka. We are going to need to pass it fast. On the flip side, their offensive line is horrid. We will probaby get pretty good pressure, even with our injuries. Until we can stop anyone from running (and this is the week), I am not sure we will be able to stop them. UCLA is also very sloppy, so there could be big plays on special teams and on offense, but we need to finish on the road before I will be able to make the leap.

Raju Woodward: UCLA 24 - Oregon State 17

This one should be another close affair, and also similar to last week, I think playing a strong defense will ultimately be too much for the Beavers to overcome. In fact, this game could very well come down to a turnover. The key for OSU, running the ball. If they do that, their odds for an upset increase.

Score Prediction Standings

Angie Machado 6-3
Eric Machado 7-2
Jeff Perry 8-1
John Newby 6-2
Adam Nicholson 3-5
Brian Rathbone 5-3
Peter Riley Osborne 8-1
Raju Woodward 8-1


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