Urban Meyer has a bold prediction for UCLA's game against Oregon
Urban Meyer turned on the tape of UCLA and loved what he saw.
On Saturday, FOX will carry one of the best games in the country. No. 9 UCLA battles No. 10 Oregon in Autzen Stadium. The unbeaten Bruins will face yet another ranked opponent — their third now since conference play started — when they meet the Ducks.
To prep for the game, Meyer, now working as an analyst for FOX Sports, says he sat down for two good hours to watch the Bruins and came away thinking they’re a legitimate threat to make the College Football Playoff.
“I have UCLA potentially as a Playoff team,” Meyer said on the ‘Urban’s Take with Tim May’ show. “They’re a physical offensive line. They’re the most balanced team. Our attempt (at Ohio State) was always to be 250/250, run/pass. That’s what they are. They’re the most balanced offense in the country. They have Zach Charbonnet and they have a great quarterback who’s been there for 25 years.”
UCLA is averaging 211 yards on the ground each game this season and 294 through the air. They lead the Pac-12 in passing efficiency at over 9 yards a play, and they rank second in the Pac-12 in rushing efficiency (5.5 per). They run it 38 times a game and they throw it 32 times a game.
But they’re meeting an Oregon team that does the same.
The Ducks average a league-leading 6.2 yards a carry. They get 270 through the air and 240 on the ground. They run the ball 39 times a game and throw it another 34.
Saturday’s contest will be marked by some of the best line play the league has to offer.
And the three-time national championship-winning coach has the Bruins winning.
“Chip Kelly is one of the best,” Meyer said. “They have the most creative run game, the most balanced offense in college football, with a physical offensive line. I think UCLA wins this game. Autzen Stadium at Oregon is one of those tough places to go play. They normally don’t lose up there. I think this’ll be a great game. Oregon, very commendable what they did after getting the doors blown off earlier in the year. But this UCLA team is something. … After watching what I watched this morning, UCLA is for real. The one thing the Pac-12 has not been is physical. … This team’s a physical team.”
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX.