UCLA-Oregon State Preview Capsule
No. 22 UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) at Oregon State (2-6, 0-5), 4:30 p.m. EST (Pac-12 Network)
Line: UCLA by 18
Series Record: UCLA leads 41-16-4
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Amid all the tumult in the Pac-12, UCLA is wary of the Beavers, who remain the lone winless team in the conference. The teams haven’t met since 2012, when unranked Oregon State visited the Rose Bowl and defeated the then-No. 19 Bruins 27-20. But while the Beavers made a habit of upsetting ranked teams — especially at home — under former coach Mike Riley, new coach Kevin Andersen’s team is still learning a new system with young quarterbacks.
UCLA’s rushing offense against Oregon State’s rushing defense. The Bruins are averaging 186.1 yards on the ground a game, paced by junior Paul Perkins, the fourth-leading rusher in the league with an average of 109 yards a game and nine total touchdowns. Oregon State’s rushing defense is ranked ninth in the league, allowing an average of 192 yards a game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UCLA: WR Jordan Payton, who is catching just over 15 passes a game for an average of 85.1 yards. Payton is the younger brother of former Oregon State receiver Michael Payton.
Oregon State: QB Nick Mitchell. The redshirt freshman is again set to start in place of true freshman Seth Collins, who is recovering from a hyperextended knee. Mitchell completed 19 of 35 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown last weekend against Utah, with no interceptions.
FACTS & FIGURES
UCLA senior center Jake Brendel is expected to start his 48th game, which will draw him even for the most in school history with Spencer Havner (2002-05). ... Oregon State is showing signs of improvement, especially on defense. The Beavers have allowed just 10 touchdowns and 821 yards total offense to opponents over the last 10 quarters. In the previous 10, they allowed 17 touchdowns and 1,531 total yards. ... UCLA rebounded from losses to Arizona State and Stanford with consecutive wins, first against Cal, but then just barely against Colorado.