1. Cincinnati 26, UCLA 17
The mystery is over, and now we know.
The Chip Kelly era is going to take a while to start working.
Kelly is obviously amazing, and UCLA will soon become a football powerhouse with him at the helm.
Dropped passes, missed assignments, no real tempo, no flow, poor caddying – the Bruins couldn’t find anything that worked. To be fair, they’re starting a whole lot of very, very young players in key spots.
Losing Wilton Speight early after he started out 8-of-12 didn’t help, but it’s not like he was working the offense down the field. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is a talent, but he’s going to need a whole lot of time and seasoning with his receiving corps. And now, it’s painfully clear …
The problems of last year are still there.
UCLA couldn’t run the ball, and couldn’t stop the run. Cincinnati doesn’t have an offense, and yet Michael Warren hammered out 142 yards and three touchdowns.
Kazmeir Allen ripped off a breathtaking 74-yard dash for the Bruins, and that was about it for the rushing production.
The Bruins simply couldn’t get anything going – it was like they were stuck in neutral all game long, at least outside of the Allen run. And now they get to go play Oklahoma.