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Nov 3, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins running back Jonathan Franklin (23) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-US PRESSWIRE

…Jonathan Franklin is made to be a non-factor.

While Brett Hundley has made a big difference giving the Bruins stability and dynamic playmaking at the quarterback position, Franklin is the most important cog in the machine. His 1270 yards this season place him sixth in the country, but his performances in the Bruins two losses highlight his importance to the team.

In wins he has averaged 140 yards per game, but that number is cut in half when you look at the losses to Oregon State and Cal, in which he averaged just 73 yards. He also failed to score a touchdown in either of those two games.

Noticeably, the number of attempts he had in those losses (13.5) was well below his season average (21.5). If USC can stifle the run and force UCLA to beat them through the air they’ll be in great position to beat the Bruins.

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