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    No. 18 UCLA at No. 15 Oregon State: Who has the edge?
    • October 13, 2023

    No. 18  UCLA (4-1 overall, 1-1 Pac-12) at No. 15 Oregon State (5-1, 2-1)

    When: 5 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Oregon

    TV/radio: FOX (Ch. 11) / 570 AM

    Line: Oregon State by 3½

    Notable injuries: OREGON STATE: OUT: WR Tastean Reddicks (undisclosed), LB Makiya Tongue (leg); UCLA: QUESTIONABLE: WR Titus Mokiao-Atimalala (undisclosed); DOUBTFUL: LB Ale Kaho (undisclosed)

    What’s at stake?: The winning team will remain a contender for the conference championship game and the chance to move up in the AP Top 25 rankings. UCLA will have a favorable schedule to finish out the season after this week.

    Who’s better?: Much like last week against Washington State, that may depend on the side of the ball being talked about. UCLA has proven to be a legitimate defense and is coming off one of its better performances this season. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, the former St. John Bosco High star in his first season in Corvallis after transferring from Clemson, is coming off his best game as a Beaver, throwing for five touchdowns against Cal.

    Matchup to watch: Damien Martinez vs. UCLA’s defensive front. The Bruins enter the game with the No. 2 rush defense in the country, allowing just 64.6 rushing yards per game. The sophomore running back has averaged 98.7 rushing yards per game. UCLA cannot afford to miss tackles and allow Martinez to reach the second level of the defense and extend drives.

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    UCLA wins if: The Bruins will have success if Dante Moore can play a clean game. The true freshman quarterback has thrown a pick-six in each of the last two conference games. The Bruins want to limit the opportunities for Uiagalelei and Martinez. UCLA’s defense must also continue to force turnovers.

    Prediction: UCLA 24, Oregon State 14. The Bruins will lean on their defense again this week. Moore may likely make a mistake, but the UCLA defense has continued to put the ball back in the hands of the offense with interceptions and fumble recoveries. The Bruins have recorded at least three sacks and had at least one fumble recovery or interception in every game this season.

    ​ Orange County Register