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UCLA Bruins at Stanford Cardinal: First Half Open Thread

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U.C.L.A. has been a great road team in recent years and tonight travels to Palo Alto to face a Stanford team they haven't beaten in the last seven tries. Will this Bruin team have enough to get past the Cardinal and be the legit threat in the Pac-12 everyone thinks they should be, or will it be another year of the same for this coaching staff and program?

The Bruins O Line and running game will need to be big tonight.
The Bruins O Line and running game will need to be big tonight.
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Something has to break tonight.

U.C.L.A. has been great on the road, winning its last 12 games away from the Rose Bowl.

But Stanford has owned the Bruins of late, winning the last 7 meetings dating back to 2009.

The Bruins' season largely rides on this game in a couple ways. Considering the ultra deep Pac-12 South, a second loss in conference play would dig a very deep hole for U.C.L.A. and make their goal of winning the South and getting to the Pac-12 Title game, while not mathematically impossible, a really really long shot.

This game is also another check of the barometer for Coach Jim Mora and his staff. Tonight's game is another opportunity to prove whether they can be competitive with teams like Stanford or whether his program may have plateaued as good but not elite.

Stanford is currently favored by 6.5

Get up to speed on the game with all of our previews, Q&As and Spaulding Reports here.

Kick-off is at 7:30 pm Pacific and the game will be televised on ESPN. Joe Tessitore has the call.

There should be a live stream at

You can listen to tonight's official radio feed using the TuneIn player embedded at the top of this thread. The great Bill Roth will do play by play alongside Matt Stevens

This one is big, Bruins. Let's keep that road streak alive.

Here's our first half open thread.