Oregon Facts and Factors

UCLA hasn't done well historically against ranked teams on the road, and this will be only the fourth game for Jim Mora facing a ranked opponent on the road...

• UCLA travels to Eugene to take on Oregon Saturday at 4:00. It will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox on the call.

• Oregon is 7-0, and 4-0 in the Pac-12, and ranked #2 in both polls and #3 in the BCS poll.

• UCLA is 5-1 (2-1 in Pac-12), and ranked #12 in the AP, 11th in the USA Today poll, and #12 in the BCS.

• ESPN's College Game Day, which airs live from 6-9 a.m., will be televised from Eugene.

• It's the first time UCLA has been featured on Game Day since 2005, and its seventh time overall. UCLA is 2-4 in Game Day games, and 1-4 on the road.

• It marks Oregon's 17th time it has been featured on the program, and the eighth time it's been broadcast from Eugene. The last time was eight whole days ago, before Oregon's game against Washington.

• It will be the third time a UCLA/Oregon game has been featured. In fact, the very first time ESPN's College Game Day featured a Pac-10 match-up was between UCLA and Oregon in 1998 at the Rose Bowl. #2-ranked UCLA won that game over #11-ranked Oregon, in overtime, 41-38. UCLA then played Oregon for Game Day in 2000 when the Bruins were ranked #6 and Oregon was unranked, and UCLA lost, 29-10.

• In the all-time series, UCLA leads, 39-26, but the Bruins haven't won since 2007, in that injury-riddled game at the Rose Bowl, 16-0. The last time UCLA won in Eugene was 2004. Oregon has won four straight and nine of the last 11.

• Of course, the last time the programs met was in the 2011 Pac-12 Championship Game, a 49-31 Duck win in Eugene.

• It's the first conference game between UCLA and Oregon since 2010.

• Oregon is led by first-year head coach Mark Helfrich. He served as UO's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2009 to 2012, was the OC at Colorado before that, and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State and Boise State previous to that. Helfrich is, obviously, considered a quarterbacks/passing game guru. He took over the UO head job when former head coach Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles in January. Helfrich, 39, is the first native Oregonian to have the position of Duck head coach since 1942.

• Kelly left under inauspicious circumstances. First, Kelly had received a good amount of NFL interest and then initially turned down both the Eagles and the Browns until, a week later, accepting the position with the Eagles. It was ahead of NCAA sanctions levied at Oregon last June, in which the Ducks were handed down three years of probation, a reduction of scholarships but no bowl ban, and Kelly received an 18-month show-cause penalty, but he left for the NFL.

• The Ducks are 16-6 against AP top-25 teams since Helfrich's first year on staff as OC. At home, UO is 10-2 vs. the Top 25.

• Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota is considered by many to be a Heisman Trophy candidate, and is on four award watch lists. Nationally he ranks 5th in passing efficiency (181.72), second in points responsible for (168), second in yards per carry (10.06) and fifth in total offense (363.3 ypg). He has yet to throw an interception this year and has thrown a touchdown pass in all 20 games of his college career.

• Of Oregon's 53 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 40 (75%) have lasted two minutes or less.

• Oregon's Autzen Stadium is considered one of the toughest road games in the nation, with the noise from the fans feeling like it rains down on you. The stadium holds 54,000, even though it goes over that at times (the highest attendance was 60,555 for an ASU game in 2011, and it's still the largest crowd for a sporting event ever in the state of Oregon). The Ducks have a current streak of 92 straight sellouts dating back to the 1999 season.

• The UCLA/Oregon game of 2010 stands at the 9th largest game in terms of attendance at Autzen (59,277).

• Against ranked opponents under Jim Mora, UCLA is 4-3. This is only the fourth game for Mora in which his Bruins faced a ranked opponent on the road: in 2012 at Stanford, and in 2013 at Stanford and at Nebraska.

• In the last 10 years, when UCLA has played two ranked teams on the road, its record against those teams is 1-10. The last time it played two ranked teams on the road on successive weekends was 2004, and it lost to both Cal and Arizona State.

• The last time a ranked UCLA team played two ranked teams on the road on successive weekends was 2001, and UCLA lost at Stanford and at Washington State. In that year, overall it played four ranked teams on the road and was 2-2.

• Oregon Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti was UCLA's DC under Bob Toledo in 1998. Aliotti coached before that at Oregon and, obviously, after that in Eugene for a total of 22 years.

• The 11 tackles recorded by UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes last week against Stanford is the most by a UCLA defensive lineman in a single game since Bruce Walker in 1992.

• Oregon is favored by 22.5.

• The weather calls for a high temperature of 65 degrees on Saturday in Eugene, with patchy cloudiness.


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