Thursday, 02 November 2017 14:10

Musing UCLA Football

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UCLA Logo 2With two-thirds of the season over, the Bruins stand at four wins and four losses. UCLA is undefeated at home and winless on the road. Most pundits and fans, who watched training camp all the way back in August, when hopes were high for an outstanding season, thought UCLA’s defense was going to be the strength of the team.

The offense was a huge question mark back in August. The offensive line was getting dominated by a defensive front seven that has been a disappointment thus far this season.

What a difference the Bruin fan base is feeling these days. The feeling back in August if the offense would play at the level they have played at for most of the season, many would have thought the Bruins would be in the conversation for a special season. That dream has long been over.

Now the Bruins are hoping to rebound and finish the season strong. With a strong finish UCLA could build for the future and help with recruiting, but there are a lot of ifs facing the Bruin football team.

Can this defense with its injuries stop the run? There is no evidence that UCLA can stop the run and that is most debilitating to a defense. If you can’t stop the run, you make playing offense for the opposition very easy and therefore put more pressure on the Bruin offense to score every time they get the ball.

When an offense is thinking that they have to score every time they have the ball, it leads to errors, the kind that the UCLA offense has had this season, especially on the road.

The Bruins have four games left to play and how it will end no one really knows. Even if UCLA wins out and ends up 8-4, there will be some dissatisfaction among the fan base, who think that the Bruin football program should be playing for big prizes, at least every once and awhile.

The Bruins haven’t played in Rose Bowl on Jan.1, since 1999, and that was the last time UCLA was the conference. They have played in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Sun Bowl three times each since the new century.

A school with all the advantages of UCLA should be doing better than this.

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