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Arizona State-UCLA Preview Capsule

Published November 21, 2013 10:17 am

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No. 19 Arizona State (8-2, 6-1) at No. 14 UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12), 7 p.m. (FOX)

Line: Arizona State by 2½.

Series record: UCLA leads 18-10-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Pac-12 South race could be decided at the Rose Bowl. Arizona State can clinch the division title and a spot in the conference championship game with a victory, but UCLA would win the South for the third straight year by beating the Sun Devils and USC to finish the regular season.

KEY MATCHUP

Arizona State RB Marion Grice vs. UCLA LB Anthony Barr. Grice is the Sun Devils' all-purpose threat and top scorer, averaging two touchdowns per game. Barr is in the midst of a quiet stretch of games, but the likely first-round NFL pick will be a key to slowing Arizona State's well-rounded offense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arizona State: LB Carl Bradford. He's expected to make his 25th consecutive start at the Rose Bowl, and he ranks among the Pac-12 leaders in sacks and tackles for loss. He'll spend the day chasing UCLA QB Brett Hundley.

UCLA: LB/RB Myles Jack. The Bruins' incredible freshman is one of the nation's top young linebackers, but he also has turned into an unstoppable tailback over the past two weeks, rushing for 180 yards and five touchdowns while punishing opponents in short-yardage situations.

FACTS & FIGURES

UCLA has only lost to Oregon, Stanford and Baylor in its last 18 games. Arizona State didn't have to play Oregon this season. ... The Bruins are unbeaten at the Rose Bowl this season, outscoring their first five opponents by a combined 240-97. ... Arizona State leads the Pac-12 in total defense with 338.4 yards allowed per game. ... UCLA and Arizona State haven't met while both teams were ranked since October 1986. ... Arizona State has forced a turnover in 24 straight games, the third-longest streak in the FBS behind Missouri and Stanford. ... While UCLA is having another prolific season of penalties, the Sun Devils have committed the fifth-fewest penalties in the nation (3.7 per game). ... UCLA will honor its 18 seniors, including Barr, WR Shaq Evans, DE Cassius Marsh and LB Jordan Zumwalt.