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UCLA Coach Jim Mora feels weather won't be factor in title game

November 30, 2012|By Chris Foster
  • UCLA Bruins Coach Jim Mora shouts instructions in his team's game against the Utah Utes.
UCLA Bruins Coach Jim Mora shouts instructions in his team's game… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

PALO ALTO -- It’s sunny, yet hardly dry, at Stanford Stadium this afternoon.

The tarp was rolled off the field early to take advantage of the sun. However, more rain is expected at 5 p.m., when UCLA and Stanford kick off in the Pac-12 Conference championship game, according to accuweather.com.

Rain, hard at times, is predicted to go from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., then start again at 9 p.m. Stanford’s field is said not to drain well.

Wet conditions would seem to give Stanford the edge. The blue-collar Cardinal has an earthy tackle-to-tackle game, with Stepfan Taylor running behind a big offensive line.

UCLA Coach Jim Mora is not so sure.

“I think it favors the team that executes it best,” Mora said. “I don’t think it has a whole lot of bearing on anything that you do schematically, structurally. … Some people might say it favors the team that
grinds the ball.  I’ve also been in games where it’s favored the team that has the athletes to get out in space in one-on-one situations."

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