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UCLA-Virginia Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014
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No. 7 UCLA (0-0) at VIRGINIA (0-0), Noon (ESPN)

Line: UCLA by 21.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Led by dual-threat QB Brett Hundley, UCLA is expected to contend for a spot in the four-team BCS playoffs at the end of the season. Virginia is looking to end a nine-game losing streak and bounce back from a 2-10 season that finds coach Mike London on the hot seat heading into the season.

KEY MATCHUP

Virginia's offensive line against the UCLA defense. The Cavaliers have plenty of size, but not much experience on the line, and their ability to give first-time starting QB Greyson Lambert time to throw, and RB Kevin Parks holes to run through, will be critical to their ability to make it a game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

UCLA: Hundley: When last we saw him, the redshirt junior was torching Virginia Tech's highly regarded defense for 226 passing yards and two touchdowns and 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Sun Bowl. Virginia plays an aggressive defense, but will need to keep running lanes occupied to slow him down.

Virginia: Lambert. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, he's plenty big and has a powerful arm, but he's not much of a running threat. The coaching staff has raved about a group of emerging receivers, and Lambert's ability to find them and make the big throws without making mistakes may determine Virginia's chances.

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