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Bruins Nation 2 hours ago
UCLA Football Oppo Preview: Arizona's Suspect Defense

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: Arizona's Suspect Defense

Arizona may have one of the best offenses in the country, but the same can't be said for the Wildcat defense. Will UCLA be able to exploit Arizona's defense? It may be year three of Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 in Tucson, but the Wildcats lost a lot of talent this past offseason, and the defensive numbers reflect the growing pains that typically occurs after losing a number of starters.  Despite starting the season 6-1, including a strong defensive performance on the road against Oregon, the defense is giving up far too many yards at this point. In comparing the Wildcat to defense to ours, the...
Bruins Nation 5 hours ago

BN Pac-12 Football Power Poll: Week 9

The Bruins Nation power poll after week 9 of the 2014 Pac-12 football conference. The Bruins Nation power poll after week 9 of the 2014 Pac-12 football conference.With the first college football playoff rankings out, it is clear that for now, the Pac-12 is on the outside looking in.  Much remains to be determined, and the one advantage that many of the Pac-12 teams have is a very good OOC schedule.  With five teams in the rankings, the conference is second only to the crazy SEC.  There are still some shakeups coming, undoubtedly, and it is hard to imagine that the winner of the Pac-12...
Bruins Nation 23 hours ago

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: Arizona Wildcats' Offense

Previewing the Arizona Offense as the Bruins prepare for Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl vs. the Wildcats. The Bruins will attempt to avoid their first 3-game home losing streak in 43 years this Saturday night at the Rose Bowl when the Arizona Wildcats (6-1, 3-1) come to town for Homecoming. AHMB started our weekly preview series on Tuesday with a look at Rich Rodriguez and his staff. The Wildcats head to Los Angeles with the most prolific offense the Bruins have faced - or are likely to face this season. Team stats via teamrankings.com, and reflect only games v. other FBS-level teams....
Bruins Nation Oct 29, 2014

UCLA Basketball Season Preview Part 3: Scouting the Opposition

We've looked at the Bruin players, answered the Big Questions, now we scout the main PAC-12 opponents. Arizona may be primed for a Final Four appearance with its strongest lineup in the Sean Miller era, but the rest of the PAC-12 is decidedly at its weakest point in at least three years. UCLA lost three first round draft picks plus two other starters (Travis Wear made the New York Knicks roster), Stanford graduated Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis and Oregon lost everyone, including their marquis recruits, except Joseph Young. PAC-12 places two through five are up for grabs. The PAC-12 media...
Bruins Nation Oct 28, 2014

College Football Playoff Poll; What Could Have Been for UCLA

The CFB Playoff Committee met on Monday and here are the results of their first poll. ESPN headlines declare "History In The Making" Well, until next week, when this all is subject to change. Anyway, in the meantime, here ya go... Rank Team Record 1 Mississippi State 7-0 2 Florida State 7-0 3 Auburn 6-1 4 Mississippi 7-1 5 Oregon 7-1 6 Alabama 7-1 7 TCU 6-1 8 Michigan State 7-1 9 Kansas State 6-1 10 Notre Dame 6-1 11 Georgia 6-1 12 Arizona 6-1 13 Baylor 6-1 14 Arizona State 6-1 15 Nebraska 7-1 16 Ohio...
Bruins Nation Oct 28, 2014

Spaulding Report: Change UCLA Can Believe In?

Coach Mora touched on a few of the issues that have been on the minds of many Bruin fans lately. It's good to hear him acknowledge some of these things rather than talk around them, we still need to see it translate to the field. OL Coach Adrian Klemm, DL Eddie Vanderdoes and RB Paul Perkins also spoke with reporters today. Coach Mora met with the media after practice and, in contrast to recent appearances, he looked happy and relaxed, and talked more directly about some of the some of the nagging concerns surrounding the team's play this season. From Bruin Sports Report: We had a really...
Bruins Nation Oct 28, 2014

UCLA Football Oppo Preview: RichRod's Wildcats

After narrowly beating a poor Colorado team, UCLA now faces the conference leading Arizona Wildcats, who bring one of the top offenses to the Rose Bowl. Rich Rodriguez.  Bringing his name up can draw immediate curse words in certain circles, ie West Virginia and Michigan fanbases, but he's also credited with the creation of the modern spread option offense.  A few years ago, Rodriguez was one of the hottest coaching names around, but toxic exit from West Virginia and a failed coaching job at Michigan later, Rodriguez simply isn't looked at in the same light. As the Wildcat fans have found...
Bruins Nation Oct 28, 2014

UCLA Basketball: 2014-2015 Season Preview - Steve Alford's Second Season

BruinsNation previews the upcoming 2014-2015 Men's Basketball Season. What are the expectations? What should we hope for out of our lineup? Will you even watch? Question 1.  DCBruins: For all the players leaving, the starting lineup seems set with Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton, Norman Powell, Kevon Looney and Tony Parker. But the question becomes who the heck is sixth man (most minutes off the bench) and how does the bench rotation work without a backup guard? Chris: The tricky part to this question for me is forecasting the use of big, or otherwise trick lineups. If Looney/Parker/Welsh or...
Bruins Nation Oct 28, 2014
UCLA Basketball Season Preview Part 2: The Personnel, Offense, Defense and The Intangibles

UCLA Basketball Season Preview Part 2: The Personnel, Offense, Defense and The Intangibles

In Part 2 of our 2014-15 UCLA Hoops preview we look at the Bruin players, the likely offensive and defensive strategies, the other factors besides the X's and O's, and we'll sum up the questions and keys to the season. We're just a few days away from the exhibition opener vs. Azusa Pacific in Pauley this Friday. BN is previewing Bruin Hoops all week. The PAC-12 Media Poll had the Bruins finishing fourth in the league.  Other previews have had the Bruins anywhere between second and sixth.  I don't see UCLA finishing ahead of Arizona or behind UC Berkeley, but we can reasonably debate...
Bruins Nation Oct 28, 2014

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse - UGLY UCLA Football Win, Four First Year Bruins in the NBA, and Anthony Barr Wins it for the Vikings

Bruce Davis and Nelson Rosario unleash on UCLA Football on Saturday. Final Colorado Tweets: Nelson Rosario was NOT impressed on Saturday. yo can we run some real plays or somthin?! — Nelson Rosario (@AyeNellz_) October 25, 2014 I think he meant on offense: from wat i been seeing the play calling lookin sus .. idk wat they doing .. better pull out this W tho — Nelson Rosario (@AyeNellz_) October 25, 2014 ugly win .. but a W is a W — Nelson Rosario (@AyeNellz_) October 25, 2014 and i mean ugly — Nelson Rosario (@AyeNellz_) October 25, 2014 The game was...
Bruins Nation Oct 27, 2014

Arizona Prep: UCLA Bruins Prepare to take on Wildcats, Practice News & Notes

News and notes from UCLA Football's practices as Bruins (6-2,3-2) prepare to host #14/15 Arizona Wildcats (6-1,3-1) at the Rose Bowl 7:30 PST on ESPN. Three players spoke with the media today after practice and were able to give us more details about the state of UCLA football then what we have been getting from the coaches.  Hundley, Jack, and Payton speak about what was really going on on the field in the Colorado game and the importance of this upcoming game against Arizona.  I really appreciate some or the questions the media is asking, looking for many of the same kind of answers...
Bruins Nation Oct 27, 2014
Spaulding Roundup: Jordan Payton, Myles Jack, and Brett Hundley Give Insight to What is Going On.

Spaulding Roundup: Jordan Payton, Myles Jack, and Brett Hundley Give Insight to What is Going On.

Today the players took the stage and talked about Saturday's Colorado game and this week's important game against the Wildcats. They provide some insight into many of the issues we have been discussing. Three players spoke with the media today after practice and were able to give us more details about the state of UCLA football then what we have been getting from the coaches.  Hundley, Jack, and Payton speak about what was really going on on the field in the Colorado game and the importance of this upcoming game against Arizona.  I really appreciate some or the questions the media is...
Bruins Nation Oct 27, 2014
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The "Eye Test": UCLA Goes To Double Overtime With Worst Team In The Pac-12

Grading out the finer details of UCLA's 40-37 double overtime victory over the Colorado Buffaloes in the UCLA Bruins' fifth road win of 2014 to see if UCLA football is meeting expectations. I worked 14 and a half hours on Saturday, so I did not watch any of this 40-37 double overtime victory by the UCLA Bruins over the Colorado Buffaloes until Sunday night. If you somehow missed it and don't want to rematch, I'll break it down for you. With 4:48 left in the first half, UCLA was up 24-7. Had just responded to a Colorado scoring drive with a TD of their own, making things look real easy. Were...
Bruins Nation Oct 27, 2014
UCLA Basketball: Season Preview Part 1: 6 Big Questions

UCLA Basketball: Season Preview Part 1: 6 Big Questions

Chris has taken over as basketball lead for Bruinsnation and DCBruins is happy to pass the mantle on to Chris with his sympathies. Although we hope for the best, there are a lot of questions even for the beginning of the season. Chris and DC did a little back and forth below on a few of them. Question 1.  DCBruins: For all the players leaving, the starting lineup seems set with Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton, Norman Powell, Kevon Looney and Tony Parker. But the question becomes who the heck is sixth man (most minutes off the bench) and how does the bench rotation work without a backup...
Bruins Nation Oct 27, 2014
Bruin Bites: Olympic Sports Teams Show How to Put Away the Competition

Bruin Bites: Olympic Sports Teams Show How to Put Away the Competition

There are UCLA teams which know how to get ahead and stay ahead, regardless of the level of competition. They just don't happen to play in the Rose Bowl. The Women's and Men's Soccer teams and the Men's Water Polo team showed how it is done, in a big week for Olympic Sports. As we ponder how there could only be 24 college football teams which are better than the UCLA squad which played in Boulder on Saturday, we turn to UCLA's Olympic sports teams to show how top-notch teams really perform. --- First, in a showdown of top ranked programs, #3 UCLA beat #1 Stanford in Men's Water Polo on...
Bruins Nation Oct 26, 2014
Mora Ugly Defensiveness Over Bad Football

Mora Ugly Defensiveness Over Bad Football

Whatever happened to the #BruinRevolution? We saw hints of the ugly, bullying, combative Jim Mora immediately following the lackluster win over Colorado yesterday. Anyone hoping cooler heads would prevail with a night to sleep on it will probably be pretty disappointed by Mora's Sunday teleconference. Jim Mora on the recent criticism: Lets all remember the last game that UCLA played before this whole thing started was 50-0 ass kicking.— Edward Lewis (@EdwardLewisBSR) October 27, 2014 Leaving aside the historical inaccuracy (there were actually two more games following the 0-50 beatdown)...
Bruins Nation Oct 26, 2014

Polls: UCLA Football Holds Steady at 25

After a subpar performance in Boulder, the Bruins remain in the polls at 25. After yesterday's double overtime win in Colorado, we didn't expect UCLA to move up or down substantially in the polls after that "eh" performance.  The pollsters agreed, as UCLA holds at 25. In interesting news, Southern Cal has dropped out of the poll after losing to Utah.  Utah moved up to 18.  Oregon is 5 in the AP, 6 in the coaches, while Arizona and Arizona state are holding on to 14 and 15. Mississippi State is still number 1, with Florida State 2, Alabama 3, and Auburn 4, which is unchanged from last...
Bruins Nation Oct 26, 2014

The Morning After, Part 8: Colorado

Another gut wrenching win by UCLA over a seemingly overmatched opponent. Do you ever wonder why we keep putting ourselves through this emotional wringer? It's the high. In my work, I see heroin addicts with some frequency. Heroin abuse tends to earn someone repeat visits to the ER, so we come to recognize them or sometimes get to know them by name - at least until they stop coming back, which means either they got sober, or not. Truthfully, the heroin addicts are actually pretty nice people more often than not. Not like the meth addicts. Those guys are really tough to like. But the heroin...
Bruins Nation Oct 25, 2014

UCLA 40, Colorado 37: Bruins Barely Escape Boulder Against Lowly Buffaloes

Just one week after Southern Cal pounded Colorado into submission, letting up only after taking a 35-7 lead at half, the Bruins continue to show they are not yet ready to make the jump to the top-tier of college football, playing down to a weak Colorado team, escaping with a narrow 40-37 overtime victory in Boulder. Another week, another game with UCLA playing down to the level of their opposition. And another week where UCLA let a much weaker opponent stick around all game - and another week where the Bruins needed a Marcus Rios interception to seal a victory and some heroics from Brett...
Bruins Nation Oct 25, 2014

College Football Late Night Open Thread: Southern Cal-Utah, Arizona State-Washington in Action

Late Saturday night thread tracking Pac-12 football action with ramifications on UCLA’s bowl hopes. IslandBruin shared the TV schedule for today's games in this morning's open thread. Based on the performance of our football team to date we doubt we have to worry too much whether the Bruins will be playing in the Pac-12 championship game. But, if you do want to hold on to flicker of hope there are couple of big Pac-12 games going on later tonight - Southern Cal at Utah and Arizona State at Washington - that are of interest. Use this thread to follow those games. Go Bruins!

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