The Stanford Cardinal will be trying to extend their winning streak to three games when they entertain the struggling UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium on Thursday night.
Tough timesUCLA lost three in a row to begin the 2019 campaign, beat Washington State in a shootout, and are now coming off consecutive setbacks against Arizona and Oregon State. It's safe to say things are not going according to plan for head coach Chip Kelly, whose team is off to its second consecutive 1-5 start and faces another uphill battle on Thursday. The Bruins have lost their last 11 meetings with the Cardinal. They also lost for the 14th time in Kelly's 18 games as coach when Oregon State jumped to a 21-0 lead over the stunned Bruins and posted a 48-31 victory at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 5.
"There's not a magic formula," Kelly admitted. "There is no trade or a waiver wire. You don't get to add players at this point in time. We've got to put them in positions to make plays and give them an opportunity to execute. That is on us as a coaching staff."
Sophomore Austin Burton went 27-of-41 for 236 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Oregon State and could make his second career start in place of Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who has been out with a leg injury. Running back Demetric Felton piled up 166 yards from scrimmage against the Beavers, but the Bruins' defense allowed Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton to throw for a career-high five touchdowns passes and run for another.
Scarlett's letter grade: AFollowing a three-game losing streak, the Cardinal have responded with consecutive victories over Oregon State and 15th-ranked Washington. Combined with a season-opening defeat of Northwestern, the Cardinal find themselves at .500 (3-3). They put together their most complete effort of the season before heading into last week's bye, dominating the time of possession in a 23-13 win over Washington.
UCLA can expect a heavy dose of Stanford running back Cameron Scarlett, who leads the Pac-12 with 564 rushing yards and has 13 receptions for 138 yards. Scarlett rushed a career-high 33 times for 151 yards and a touchdown in the win over Washington and has 702 all-purpose yards to lead the Cardinal, who are averaging nearly 35 minutes in time of possession--fourth best in the country. They are expected to start three true freshmen on their offensive line in front of sophomore Jack West, who will likely make his first career start with Davis Mills and K.J. Costello sidelined because of injuries.
The UCLA Bruins are:
- 1-4-2 ATS in their last seven overall
- 1-3-2 ATS in their last six games after allowing more than 280 passing yards in their previous game
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit home loss
The Stanford Cardinal are:
- 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games against teams with losing records
- 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following an off week
- 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games after passing for more than 280 yards in their previous game