UCLA vs. Stanford, 2012 Pac-12 Championship: Preview and TV schedule

Stephen Dunn

The Bruins and Cardinal play for second time in two weeks for Pac-12 glory on Friday. The winner is likely headed to the Rose Bowl.

The UCLA Bruins will look to pull the upset on Friday night as they battle Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The Bruins won the South Division with a convincing win over USC two weeks ago, while the Cardinal knocked off UCLA last weekend to secure their spot as the top team in the North.

The Bruins were completely dominated at home by the Cardinal just six days ago, falling by a score of 35-17. While there were poll implications on the line, many felt the Bruins came out flat with very little riding on the outcome of the game. That will not be the case this time, and coach Jim Mora should have his players ready to go this time around.

No one really gave Stanford much of a chance to knock off highly-ranked Oregon in their division, but a stellar defense and improved quarterback play from Kevin Hogan has led the Cardinal to six straight wins. After reaching the Fiesta Bowl in 2011, a Rose Bowl bid would be yet another impressive notch on coach David Shaw's résumé.

Game time, TV channel: 8 p.m. ET, FOX

Point spread: Stanford opened up as 10-point favorites. Most lines have since dropped to eight or nine points.

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