Quarterback: Sean Canfield had his best game as a Beaver in a losing effort on the road versus USC. Kevin Prince is back in full swing for UCLA after suffering a broken jaw in a Week 2 win versus Tennessee.
Canfield has tossed for 1,734 total yards, 11 scores, and just four interceptions. In five games, Prince has thrown for 729 yards, and just two scores to four interceptions.
Back at home and in the groove, Canfield should again put up big numbers while Prince may provide turnover opportunities for the Beaver secondary.
Pick: OSU. Sean Canfield has figured things out, is making quick decisions and is establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the conference.
Running Back: Compare UCLA freshman Jonathan Franklin's 496 total yards and five touchdowns to.... Jacquizz Rodgers' 1,089 total yards and 15 touchdowns. Not exactly apples to apples.
Rodgers got a scare early in last week's game, missing a quarter with an injured ankle. With a offensive line improving weekly, Rodgers is the easy pick here -- assuming his ankle doesn't bother him.
Pick: OSU. Stats don't lie and Franklin doesn't have half the yards or touchdowns that Quizz does. In fact, Quizz by himself has rushed for more yards than the entire UCLA team.
Receivers: Terrence Austin and Taylor Embree are athletes on the outside for UCLA. However, their numbers aren't spectacular.
The two have 508 combined yards and two scores (both from Austin).
Meanwhile, OSU's James Rodgers (85.7) and Damola Adeniji (60.3) are the Pac-10's first and fifth most productive in receiving yards per game. The duo has scored eight times, and remain a potent one two punch outside for OSU.
Pick: OSU. Again, the stats are there and it helps to have someone who can deliver the ball with accuracy.
Tight Ends: Beaver sophomore Joe Halahuni had a coming out party against USC, catching nine balls for 127 yards. While Brady Camp has the group's only touchdown, Halahuni showed he can be a playmaker and a tough cover for opposing linebackers.
Logan Paulsen and Ryan Moya have been solid this season. The UCLA senior duo has caught 28 balls for 334 yards. If uncovered, and thrown to, Moya and Paulsen are dangerous targets.
Pick: UCLA. The Beavs just began this past week to truly utilize their receiving talent at the tight end position. While the UCLA offense may be less than stellar, the Bruin duo has talent and experience.
Offensive Line: OSU gave up three sacks to one of the best defensive lines in the nation, but they remain ninth in conference with 22 sacks allowed.
UCLA is close behind with 18 sacks allowed and have had similar difficulty protecting its quarterback. With both struggling in pass protection, you must turn to the rushing statistics, and Quizz has 810 ground hashes and has turned in 100-plus yard performances the past two weeks.
Pick: OSU. The line is coming together and playing well. While both have struggled to protect the quarterback this season, OSU is on the upswing in that category and has a major advantage in the run game.
OSU vs. UCLA: Offensive matchups
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