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Pac-12 Championship 2012, UCLA vs. Stanford: Preview and TV schedule

The Pac-12 title game takes place at Stanford Stadium Friday evening, and the winner heads to the Rose Bowl.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Pac-12 title game is this Friday night and it is a rematch of last week's contest between the Stanford Cardinal and UCLA Bruins. In the prior game Stanford easily defeated UCLA, 35-17, and that forced the rematch that is happening in the title game.

There is speculation that UCLA dialed back their game plan after the first quarter since it was tied at seven a piece so that they could play Stanford and not Oregon. However, Bruins head coach Jim Mora denies throwing the game.

One key item that UCLA needs to do on Saturday if they want to have a chance at defeated Stanford, and that is allowing quarterback Brett Hundley to rush the ball just once.

UCLA had running back Johnathan Franklin rush the ball too many times at 21 times, and was held to just 3.1 yards per carry. The Bruins will need to utilize Hundley more in the rushing attack to force Stanford's defense to be on its toes.

As for Stanford, they need to continue to use their experience from their defensive front seven and force UCLA's young offensive line into mistakes.

As for a comparison to how the Colorado Buffaloes fared against both teams, well it was not pretty. UCLA won 42-14 while Stanford shutout the Buffs 48-0.

Game time, TV channel: 7 p.m. MT, Fox

Point spread: Stanford is a nine-point favorite.

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