Urban Meyer makes strong prediction on UCLA vs. Oregon
It’ll be a big-time Pac 12 showdown this Saturday when UCLA and Oregon get together at Autzen Stadium. Fox analyst and three-time national championship winning head coach Urban Meyer is bullish on the Bruins.
Talking about the matchup on “Urban’s Take with Tim May,” Meyer indicated he likes UCLA to win the matchup and as a contender for the College Football Playoff. Currently undefeated and with a balanced offense, Meyer thinks UCLA has the goods to get to the CFP.
“I have UCLA potentially as a playoff team,” Meyer said. “This morning I actually got up and I really, I just try to pick days, whatever team — and I went after UCLA. And I watched two hours this morning of UCLA. They’re a physical offensive line. They’re the most balanced team. Our attempt was always to be 250-250, run-pass. That’s what they are. They’re the most balanced offense in the country. They have Zach Charbonnet and they have a great quarterback who’s been there for 25 years.”
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Meyer’s quip was of course about UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is enjoying an excellent season — his sixth in Westwood. Thompson-Robinson is currently fifth in the country in passing efficiency and has tossed 15 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
He’s been one of the best quarterbacks in the country, to date, this season and has UCLA in prime position to make a run to the College Football Playoff under head coach Chip Kelly.
“Chip Kelly is one of the best,” Meyer said. “I’ve always admired him. He’s a very good friend. They have the most creative run game, the most balanced offense in college football, with a physical offensive line. I think UCLA wins this game. It’s going to be, Autzen Stadium at Oregon is one of those tough places to go play. They normally don’t lose up there. I think this’ll be a great game. Oregon, very commendable what they did after getting the doors blown off, like you said, earlier in the year. But this UCLA team is something.”