UCLA hosts Arizona State in a Pac-12 South battle on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
UCLA and Arizona State meet for the 34th time on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in a game between middling Pac-12 teams vying for bowl eligibility as the season winds down. The Bruins own the all-time series lead 19-13, and an 8-7-1 advantage in games played at the Rose Bowl. These two teams have a knack for playing close games as of late, with four of the last six meetings being decided by five points or less.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has seen some success against the Sun Devils, recording his first 400-yard passing game last season against Arizona State. The Bruins are walking into a tough matchup with the Sun Devils, who rank 40th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (261.3).
There is an encouraging detail for UCLA’s struggling rushing defense, though. The Sun Devils only average 150.2 rushing yards per game, which ranks 81st in the nation.
Arizona State won the two teams’ last meeting, 23-20.
UCLA-Arizona State game time, details
Date: Nov. 11, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. PT
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Line: UCLA (-3)
Which TV channel is UCLA-Arizona State on?
UCLA-Arizona will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
How can I watch UCLA-Arizona State online?
How can I listen to UCLA-Arizona State on the radio?
UCLA-Arizona State can be heard on 1150 KEIB-AM and on the UCLA IMG College Sports Network.
UCLA-Arizona State keys to the game
Limit the run
Notice the point didn’t say stop the run, it merely said limit. We say this because UCLA — which allows 303.2 rushing yards per game — has demonstrated this season that it absolutely cannot stop an opponent’s rushing attack. But the good thing about this week’s matchup is Arizona State is significantly better through the air than it is on the ground. Finally a reprieve, perhaps? The Bruins will still need to plug up running lanes, because as any opponent with two eyes and a brain can determine, that is still the best approach to defeat them, even if its not a particular team’s strength. So again, we’ll go with limit. Just keep the Sun Devils under 200 yards rushing. That shouldn’t be too much to ask, even of UCLA.
The last two weeks have not been kind to the Bruins. UCLA has given up 48 and 44 points in each of its last two games, which not surprisingly turned out to be losses for the Bruins. Jim Mora’s job is in jeopardy. Why not finish strong as one last salute to a coach who might not be around in 2018? At 4-5, UCLA needs to win 2 of its final 3 games to finish bowl eligible. I know, I’m surprised we’re mentioning bowl eligibility for this team this late in the season, but it’s been one of those years. A loss-filled season is never fun, and often times, players want it to end as soon as possible. But players also enjoy free bowl gifts. Do it for the Cactus Bowl, or maybe the Las Vegas Bowl, or even the Foster Farms Bowl. Do it for the free stuff! Do it for one more chance to strap on the pads and play with your teammates. Those moments can be as fleeting as they seem guaranteed.
Build momentum heading into the Battle of L.A.
Those hated Trojans await next week. What better way to approach your rival than by getting a W the week before? USC has rebounded with two straight wins, including one over an opponent that dominated the Bruins. If those elder Bruins want to go out with a win over their rivals, they better start putting things together this week, against a Sun Devils team that has shown it can play much better than its 5-4 record indicates.
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