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UCLA vs Stanford NCAAF College Football Pick & Score Prediction

While UCLA and Stanford both have suffered a surprising loss this season, their problems are nothing like the other upheavals that are occurring in the wild Pac-12 Conference. Both UCLA and Stanford will attempt to take advantage of some of the unexpected turmoil in the rest of the conference by winning their Thursday Night Football game to gain a leg up in the race toward the Pac-12 Championship Game.

ESPN will televise UCLA-Stanford at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Thursday as part of a college football double-header, following Auburn-Kentucky.

Both UCLA and Stanford will enter their TNF game with identical 4-1 records, and both losses were unexpected ones at the time. The Cardinal fell in the opening weekend of the season at Northwestern, 16-6, while UCLA lost at home to Arizona State in its most recent game, 38-23.

And while UCLA and Stanford fans wish their teams had avoided those upsets and were undefeated, neither team will complain too much after seeing some of the shocking struggles at other Pac-12 schools.

USC was a Top 10 ranked team at one time, but the Trojans have fallen twice at home – including a 41-31 upset loss to Stanford – and now USCs coach will take a leave of absence, reportedly to seek treatment for alcoholism. Even more shocking is a 3-3 start for preseason Top 10 Oregon, which has lost at home by 42 points to Utah and in double overtime to lowly Washington State.

The winner of Thursdays UCLA-Stanford game will be in prime position to take advantage of the struggles of their rivals. Both UCLA and Stanford had byes in Week 6 before their Week 7 TNF game.

UCLA has a pair of wins against ranked teams this season, defeating then-#19 BYU, 24-23, and winning at then-#16 Arizona, 56-30. UCLA has had a few distractions during its bye week, and it remains to be seen how focused the Bruins will be in the UCLA-Stanford game. A player was arrested for a sexual assault and suspended, while injured junior star linebacker Miles Jack left the team and left school during the off week to rehab his injury, while also declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Bruins lead the UCLA-Stanford series all-time, 45-37-3. However, the Cardinal has dominated the UCLA-Stanford rivalry of late, winning seven in a row, including a 31-10 win last season at Rose Bowl Stadium. The last time the two teams played in Palo Alto in 2013, Stanford won, 24-10. During its seven-game losing streak to Stanford, UCLA has scored more than 20 points only once.