No. 11 Stanford
at No. 19 UCLA
Stanford (4-1) is coming in off a huge victory last week at Notre Dame. UCLA (3-1) is coming off a drubbing at the hands of Arizona. UCLA coach Terry Donahue: "Arizona just obliterated us. All our weaknesses showed up. We're trying to get the ship righted."
It won't be easy against Stanford, ranked fifth nationally in total defense, allowing 232 yards per game.
Donahue is worried about redshirt freshman quarterback Rob Walker, who was ineffective last week, and Stanford's pass rush. Cardinal defensive coordinator Fred vonAppen's philosophy: "I want 11 crazy dogs salivating to get to the quarterback." So far, Cardinal defenders are reacting to the sight of opposing quarterbacks like Pavlov's dogs responded to the ringing of bells. Stanford already has 17 sacks, one more than all of last season. Outside linebacker Ron George has eight of them.
Because of the strong pass rush, more pressure will be put on UCLA backs Daron Washington and Kevin Williams. But Stanford limited Notre Dame to 11 rushing yards in the second half last week and didn't allow a point the last 40 minutes.
To make matters worse for UCLA, split end Sean LaChapelle _ the school's all-time leading receiver _ cracked a rib last week and may not play.
Stanford's main guys on offense are running back Glyn Milburn (493 yards rushing, 7 touchdowns) and quarterback Steve Stenstrom (1,209 passing yards).
Stanford is in the midst of a brutal eight-game stretch. The Cardinal has just one breather _ Oregon State _ and must play Arizona, Washington, USC, Washington State and Cal.