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No. 17 UCLA (9-2) vs. Northwestern (7-4)

Time/site/TV: 11 a.m. today; El Paso, Texas; Ch. 7.


Surface: Grass.


Line: UCLA by 3.


Payout per team: $1.575 million.


Bowl records: UCLA 12-13-1, Northwestern 1-4.


Series: Northwestern 3-2.


Analysis: First team to score 50, wins? That could be the story of what might be called the Defense Optional Bowl. UCLA scores 38.1 points a game while allowing 33.8. The Wildcats are putting up 31.8 a game and surrendering 32.5. Both offenses possess explosiveness to make comebacks, so don’t give up on the proceedings if either jumps in front. Bruins QB Drew Olson and RB Maurice Drew will be eager to make an early statement.


Gannett News Service