Thursday, November 03, 2011

Versus: UCLA vs. Arizona State Saturday

From Versus/NBC Sports -

“UCLA is fighting for their life and the life of Head Coach Rick Neuheisel right now.” – Glenn Parker
“Arizona State's 6-2 season could be a prelude to the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.” – Roland Williams
NEW YORK (November 3, 2011) – The NBC Sports Group will continue its college football coverage this Saturday with a primetime match-up between No. 20 Arizona State and UCLA from the Rose Bowl at 7:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS. The Sun Devils (6-2) will look to move up in the rankings with a win in Pasadena, while the Bruins (4-4) will try to continue the momentum from last week’s 34-14 win against California.

COMMENTATORS: Ted Robinson and Glenn Parker will lead VERSUS’ Pac-12 Conference coverage as play-by-play announcer and analyst, respectively. They will be joined by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on the field as the sideline analyst. NBC and VERSUS will have an analyst reporting from the sidelines for all college football games to provide first-person analysis from the field and interact with the play-by-play and color announcers in the booth.

VERSUS will surround its college football game coverage this weekend with pre- and post-game coverage as well as halftime reports from NBC’s Football Night in America studio (Studio 8G) at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The coverage will be hosted by Liam McHugh with 1984 Heisman Trophy-winner Doug Flutie and Super Bowl champion and former NFL tight end Roland Williams serving as studio analysts. 

PARKER ON THE UCLA: "UCLA is fighting for their life and the life of Head Coach Rick Neuheisel right now. Their stable of backs is as good as any team in the Pac-12 and Nelson Rosario gives them a huge advantage from the wide receiver spot.”

PARKER ON THE ARIZONA STATE: “ASU needs quarterback Brock Osweiler to continue his great play and have the defense continue to mature. Vontaze Burfict is a beast, but must be consistent for Arizona State to dominate."

WILLIAMS ON THE GAME: “Arizona State's 6-2 season could be a prelude to the inaugural Pac-12 championship game. To keep their momentum, the Sun Devils need to start acting like the potential champion now by taking care of business against out-manned opponents like UCLA. Look for Arizona State to continue to lean on quarterback Brock Osweiler for offensive productivity. Also look for running back Cameron Marshall to be a big factor in a revitalized running game.”

WILLIAMS ON UCLA: “UCLA Bruins have improved to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-12. Keep your eye out for freshman safety Tevin McDonald, who made the first three interceptions of his college career last week versus California.”

ONLINE FEATURES –'s college football coverage features video highlights and features from all of VERSUS’ Mountain West, Pac-12 and Ivy League games. In addition, will feature online-only analysis from all of the VERSUS’ college football experts.

NBC Sports Group’s College Football Schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
Nov. 12 Notre Dame vs. Maryland 7:30 p.m. (FedEx Field in Landover, MD)
Nov. 19 Notre Dame vs. Boston College 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 26 The State Farm Bayou Classic 2:30 p.m.

Mountain West Conference
Nov. 12 TCU at #5 Boise State 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Colorado State at TCU 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 UNLV at TCU 2:30 p.m.

Pac-12 Conference
Nov. 5 #20 Arizona State at UCLA 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 #20 Arizona State at Washington State 10:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 TBD 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 TBD 7:30 p.m.

Ivy League
Nov. 12 Penn at Harvard 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 19 Harvard at Yale 12:00 p.m.

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