1. College Football News Preview 2020: UCLA Bruins Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
CFN in 60 Video: UCLA Bruins Preview
OH COME ON, UCLA.
You’re UCLA. You have Chip Kelly. You have a gorgeous campus with even more beautiful weather at one of the coolest schools in the world.
Playing at the Rose Bowl isn’t totally ideal in a lot of ways, but it’s still the Rose Bowl – it’s still a selling point.
So why isn’t this working at all? Why can’t this just be a normal, functioning Power Five college football program that goes into every season assured of eight wins and a nice bowl game, and with a reasonable shot to do a whole lot more?
The worst part about this first-time-ever for UCLA run of four straight losing seasons – however, it happened from 1919 to 1924 when the school was known as the Southern Branch of the University of California – is that the program totally blew it.
The Pac-12 South has been there for the taking. USC has been down, the Arizona schools have been no big whoop, and Colorado has been Colorado. There was a void, and Utah filled it.
But in the third year under Kelly, he must have the pieces in place, right? This thing has finally got to work, but …
Where are the stars?
Where are the players?
There are a whole lot of decent veterans, and there’s a lot of young potential that should hopefully shine through, but years of recruit-to-a-type classes – a nice way of saying the recruiting classes were a big bag of meh – now puts the pressure all on Kelly to make this program fly.
Set The UCLA Bruins Regular Season Win Total At … 6.5
There’s NO excuse this year schedule-wise.
The team might be just okay, but if that offense that showed up during the middle of last season on can be more consistent, and the pass defense can come up with an interception once in a while, the wins are there on this slate.
If you could miss two Pac-12 teams this year, who would they be? USC would be one, but it’s in the South – so go with Oregon and Washington, and the Bruins don’t have to deal with either one.
As stated earlier, enough with the losing to Group of Five programs. There’s no Oklahoma on the slate like there was over the last two years, and there’s no Cincinnati, either. Beat New Mexico State, beat Hawaii, beat San Diego State.
After that, three of the first four Pac-12 games are against teams that didn’t go bowling, and there are still dates with Oregon State and Washington State ahead.
Enough is enough. Win all three non-conference games, win four Pac-12 games again, and finally go bowling and get this thing going already.