(Sports Network) - Sitting in the driver's seat in the Pac-10, the 10th- ranked California Golden Bears will attempt to fortify their position atop the league standings, as they play host to UCLA in
Although UCLA's offense has some balance, the team is putting up just 321.2 yards of total offense. The team is netting 120.2 yards per game rushing and another 201 yards passing. The result has been a scoring average of 23.2 ppg. Quarterback Patrick Cowan has taken over under center for an injured Ben Olson and has played to mixed reviews, completing 53 percent of his passes, for 786 yards, with five TDs and four INTs. The ball has been spread around in the vertical game, with eight players posting double-digit receptions. Junior Taylor leads the way with just 21 receptions, for 230 yards and two TDs. The ground game is paced by tailback Chris Markey and his 80.4 ypg. Markey has amassed 643 yards on the season on 5.1 yards per carry.
The rush defense for UCLA has been outstanding, with opponents averaging just 82.1 yards per game (2.6 ypc). In addition, the unit has allowed just four rushing TDs this season. With 19 takeaways and 26 sacks, this is a defense that flies around the ball. Leading the way in that category are rush ends Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis. The pair have abused QBs, combining for 18 sacks on the season. Hickman leads the team in both TFLs (16.5 ) and sacks (10.5), with
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Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 34, UCLA 20