2. Stanford vs. UCLA
The Pac-12 Conference is not good, but it has two teams with a shot at the playoffs. Those teams are the Stanford Cardinal and the Washington Huskies. Those two teams don’t mean for a while, but that game won’t be worth the biggest damn in the world if they aren’t undefeated by then.
On Saturday, the Cardinal face the quintessential trap game against the UCLA Bruins. After a big win over the USC Trojans, the Bruins are hoping they can catch the Cardinal off their game. The Bruins are a pretty good football team and a road game at the Rose Bowl is no easy task.
Last year, one of college football’s best in Christian McCaffrey dominated in Pasadena, when he turned the Iowa Hawkeyes into a pretzel. This year, he’s going to look to turn the Bruins into Yogi Bear chasing a picnic basket.
Stanford hasn’t exactly busted out on offense in their first two games, but that’s because of the style of play they’re relying on this year with a new quarterback. If they can’t pound the football on the road this week, they might be in a tad bit of trouble.