Monday, 25 September 2017 15:56

Monday Morning Quarterback

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Rosen UAHow the world turns. Just two weeks ago the Bruins were unbeaten, cracked the top 25, only to lose in a shootout against Memphis. UCLA quickly was dropped from the rankings.

Heading into the Stanford game neither the Cardinal or the Bruins were ranked. It was the first time since 2009 that one of the two teams was not nationally ranked.

UCLA for most of the contest played tough against Stanford but too many miscues and penalties doomed their effort causing loss number two.

The Bruin fan base is up in arms. Some are already throwing in the towel on the season. Some are calling for a new coach. Some are accepting the fate that being a Bruin football fan comes with heartbreak.

UCLA stands at an even 2-2 with eight games to go. The Bruins still have a chance to fix their issues and have a successful season but this Bruin team has an Achilles’ heel. UCLA gives up way too many big plays.

To make matters worse, in the two losses, the Bruins lost the turnover battle making things even harder on them.

For those who watched training camp, the offense looked like one big question mark and the Bruin defense looked like they were going to be stout.

Just the opposite has occurred. UCLA’s offense has been the reason they started 2-0.

It won’t be easy changing the season around. The road schedule looks daunting. Of the teams that the Bruins will be playing away from the Rose Bowl, only Arizona is not ranked.

If UCLA is going to turn this season around and have the kind of season that Bruin fans had hoped for they have to limit penalties and turnovers on offense. Defensively they have to be able to stop the run and limit big plays.

It is up the coaches to get their players ready for Saturday and it is up to the players to execute the game plan.

One thing that can be said about this Bruin football team is, they play hard and don’t quit. It’s going to take a can-do attitude to straighten this season out.

Colorado is the next test.

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