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Pregame Guesses: UCLA v. Virginia

As we eagerly await tomorrow's kickoff to the season, let's see if we can pick 'em correctly in BN's first 2015 Pregame Guesses. In keeping with Achilles' BN tradition, I am going to continue with a musical theme for Pregame Guesses this week. This week's musical selection is "London Calling" by The Clash, inspired in part by Virgina Head Coach Mike London. I know, cheesy play on words. I originally missed The Clash by a few years. The first song by The Clash that I heard was "Rock the Casbah" in 1982 when I was 13 on The Mighty 690 and MTV. Most fans would say that the band had "jumped the...
Bruins Nation Sep 3, 2015

UCLA Football Virginia Cavaliers Preview: Defense

A look at the defense of the Virginia Cavaliers before the UCLA Bruins take them on at the Rose Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Last season the UCLA Bruins entered their first game against the Virginia Cavaliers as a top 10 team. Led by Brett Hundley, the expectation was for the offense to handle the Cavaliers fairly easily despite the fact that center Jake Brendel was going to miss the contest. That was not what occurred. What happened was an offensive disaster. The Cavaliers had a good defense last season, ranking in the 30th-50th range in most categories of importance on defense. Let's take...
Bruins Nation Sep 2, 2015

Bruins Nation's Preseason Pac-12 Q&A: Stanford Cardinal

Stanford has beaten UCLA seven times in a row. Their offense is going to be loaded, but they need to replace almost their entire defense. However, reloading has never seemed to be an issue with the Cardinal and the new faces will be upperclassmen. Will their fresh talent maintain Stanford's defensive dominance of recent years, or can UCLA finally get past this massive roadblock in its own development as a program? The football season is getting closer, and while our Bruins are getting ready for the 2015 season, so is the rest of the Pac-12. So we're taking a quick look around the conference...
Bruins Nation Sep 2, 2015

Bruins Nation's Pac-12 Preseason Q&A: Utah Utes

Which Pac-12 team beat USC, Stanford, and UCLA in 2014? Nope, it wasn't Oregon. It was the Utah Utes. Now, who lost to WSU at home last year? Yup. The same Utes. Weird, huh? If Utah can avoid the annual puzzling loss or two and still rise up against the big names, they will be a serious contender in the loaded Pac-12 South. The football season is getting closer, and while our Bruins are getting ready for the 2015 season, so is the rest of the Pac-12. So we're taking a quick look around the conference to see how the other 11 teams are stacking up. We posed the same 4 questions to each of our...
Bruins Nation Sep 2, 2015

Spaulding Report: UCLA Football Feels Better Prepared For The Unexpected

Maybe it's Tom Bradley's influence, maybe it's just another year of experience. It's very likely those and other things that have the Bruins feeling better prepared as the season starts. Throughout the course of training camp, UCLA Coach Jim Mora spoke about making his team uncomfortable. The weather and change of scenery were the most obvious signs of that during training camp, but it was more than just that. It was about preparing the team to expect the unexpected. Chris Foster of the LA Times discusses this in depth. Foster writes about the Bruins has a tough time dealing with the...
Bruins Nation Sep 2, 2015

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora Addresses Ishmael Adams Arrest

Jim Mora met with the media after practice on Tuesday and addressed the Ishmael Adams arrest. Thanks to Ed Lewis and Bruin Sports Report for the video. Good afternoon. I thought I'd address the Ishmael Adams situation first and foremost. With regards to Ishmael, obviously I can't get into any particulars because it is a pending legal issue. But what I'll say is this - As a football coach, as a parent, you hate to see young men get themselves into bad situations. And one thing I do is I take this very seriously and I take it very personally as well. We consistently, as a staff, as a...
Bruins Nation Sep 1, 2015

Bruins Nation's Pac-12 Preseason Q&A: Oregon Ducks

If you can't beat 'em, just wait til the rotating schedule gives you a break. Or, something like that. Oregon will be Mariotaless this year, will start a graduate transfer at QB, has a very young secondary, lost two all conference linemen to graduation and lost a talented RB to a preseason surgery. Yeah, and they're still the favorites to win the Pac-12 again. The football season is getting closer, and while our Bruins are getting ready for the 2015 season, so is the rest of the Pac-12. So we're taking a quick look around the conference to see how the other 11 teams are stacking up. We...
Bruins Nation Aug 31, 2015

Spaulding Report: UCLA Football Selects Team Captains

Four of the Bruins team leaders, Jake Brendel, Jordan Payton, Deon Hollins, and Paul Perkins, met with the media after workouts and meetings today and talked about, of all things, the Bruins quarterback and preparations for Virginia. Monday is the day that Head Coach Jim Mora meets with the press. I sort of wish wish he had because there are a lot of questions that Bruin fans need answering. Now I fully realize the answer to every question today would be and should be "No comment. We are aware of the events and we are investigating the circumstances. We will issue a comment when it is...
Bruins Nation Aug 31, 2015

UCLA's Ishmael Adams Arrested For Robbery, per Daily Bruin

The Daily Bruin is reporting that the Bruins Ishmael Adams has been arrested for robbery on campus. Here's what we know so far, and it's not much. BREAKING: UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams arrested for robbery on campus, on $100k bail. More details to follow. — Daily Bruin Sports (@DBSports) August 31, 2015 From UCLA, on the arrest of Ishmael Adams: "We are aware of the situation and continuing to gather information." Declined further comment. — Jack Wang (@thejackwang) August 31, 2015 As with any situation like this, we will let the facts become available before rushing...
Bruins Nation Aug 30, 2015

Bruins Nation's Pac-12 Preseason Q&A: Arizona State Sun Devils

ASU has back to back 10 win seasons and has nearly all its defense and some big offensive playmakers coming back. Sound familiar? The football season is getting closer, and while our Bruins are getting ready for the 2015 season, so is the rest of the Pac-12. So we're taking a quick look around the conference to see how the other 11 teams are stacking up. We posed the same 4 questions to each of our Pac-12 conference mates so we can get to know their team and expectations a bit better, and added a 5th question geared for each school individually. We add some notes on the teams key losses and...
Bruins Nation Aug 30, 2015

Bruins Nation's Preseason Pac-12 Q&A: California Golden Bears

The Bears return an incredible offense. Will they develop a defense to match it? The football season is getting closer, and while our Bruins are getting ready for the 2015 season, so is the rest of the Pac-12. So we're taking a quick look around the conference to see how the other 11 teams are stacking up. We posed the same 4 questions to each of our Pac-12 conference mates so we can get to know their team and expectations a bit better, and added a 5th question geared for each school individually. We add some notes on the teams key losses and returns after the Q&A, as well. Our Pac-12...
Bruins Nation Aug 29, 2015

2015 UCLA Women's Volleyball Preview - When Will UCLA Be Elite Again?

Bruins Nation examines the state of UCLA's women's volleyball program. The outlook for 2015 isn't promising. Opponent: Virginia When: 6:00 PM PDT, Saturday, August 29, 2015 Where: Collins Court, John Wooden Center, Los Angeles, CA Audio: Bruin Live Audio Video: Pac-12 Los Angeles Live Stats: UCLA Live Stats Official Game Preview The UCLA Women's Volleyball team opens the season TONIGHT at 6PM against UVA on Collins Court (John Wooden Center). pic.twitter.com/esQ508beCD — UCLA Women's VB (@UCLAWomensVB) August 29, 2015 Bruins Nation's 2015 Women's Volleyball Preview The...
Bruins Nation Aug 29, 2015

UCLA Men's Soccer - The Bruins Meet the Lobos in the Season Opener

The 2015 edition of the UCLA Men's Soccer team is loaded with talent and experience, and has the potential to win a national championship. The Bruins take the first step toward a return trip to the College Cup today when they kick off the season against the New Mexico Lobos. Opponent: New Mexico (0-0-0) When: 4:00 PM PDT, Saturday, August 29, 2015 Where: Drake Stadium, Los Angeles, CA Audio: Bruin Audio Video: Pac-12 Networks Live Stats: UCLA Live Stats Official Game Preview | Game Notes Bruins Nation UCLA Men's Soccer Season Preview UCLA Men's Soccer Media Guide GAMEDAY:...
Bruins Nation Aug 28, 2015

Headlines in the Bruin Twitterverse: Celebrating UCLA's Best Friends and More

Tweets of, by, and for the Bruins. With only eight days (and counting) until UCLA Football kicks off the season, This game need to hurry and come.. — Jaleel Wadood (@OGLeel_2) August 26, 2015 we take a look at what Bruins are tweeting. First, let's salute our Bruins' best friends. Happy National Dog Day (yesterday). Obvi it's national dog day and me and @Ddwyer14 have some little people to love.. pic.twitter.com/uo40PIeRwu — Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) August 27, 2015 #NationalDogDay #love pic.twitter.com/w3xdxuVxfx — Amanda Cromwell (@CromwellUCLA) August...
Bruins Nation Aug 27, 2015

Have Your Say! Predict the Pac-12 Final Standings

Share your predictions for the final conference standings in the Pac-12 North and South. With the start of the college football season just one week away, it's time to draw on the football knowledge of the Bruins Nation community to project how the Pac-12 season will turn out. The predictions of the Bruins Nation team will be revealed on Saturday; in the meantime, we'd like to know how you think the title races will play out. Before I give you the chance to make your Pac-12 predictions, let's have a look at a few of the conference projections from various media outlets. While it's probably...
Bruins Nation Aug 27, 2015

Spaulding Report: Westwood, We Have A Quarterback - UCLA Football Prepares for Virginia

Today, after many months of competition, UCLA coaches have chosen their 2015-2016 quarterback. This year's UCLA Bruin football team is talented and experienced. There is young talent. There are incredible veterans. For most positions on the team, blending the young with the "old" can be done pretty easily. At quarterback it cannot.  Thus, a decision needed to be made. Would it be the hero of the Texas game and veteran backup to Brett Hundley? Or would it be the #1 2015 quarterback recruit in the nation, Josh Rosen? #Bestof2014: Jerry Neuheisel redefined #JerryWorld after leading...
Bruins Nation Aug 26, 2015

Bruins Nation's Pac-12 Preseason Q&A: Arizona Wildcats

Arizona finished the regular season by beating rival Arizona State to clinch the Pac-12 South title last year. What do they do for an encore in 2015? The football season is getting closer, and while our Bruins are getting ready for the 2015 season, so is the rest of the Pac-12. So we're taking a quick look around the conference to see how the other 11 teams are stacking up. We posed the same 4 questions to each of our Pac-12 conference mates so we can get to know their team and expectations a bit better, and added a 5th question geared for each school individually. We add some notes on the...
Bruins Nation Aug 25, 2015

Spaulding Report: Home Sweet 100 Yard Home for UCLA Football

The Bruins have taken over the IM Fields for two a days as they start to prepare for the season opener against Virginia. U.C.L.A. Football has returned to Westwood and two a days on campus. The Bruins focused on situational drills in the morning and had another practice this evening.  Even though the team is back at home, they are still practicing in an unfamiliar setting, the IM Field. It's a neat setting because you can see the campus. We've got 2 100 yards fields with tons of space, so we're getting used to that.  We appreciate the fact that U.C.L.A. lets us use the IM Fields,...
Bruins Nation Aug 23, 2015

Bruins Nation Quiz #8 - UCLA Football Record Holders Edition

Test your knowledge of the UCLA football record book. Let me begin the introduction to this week's quiz by assuring you that even if you've only become a Bruins fan since the turn of the century, you undoubtedly will have seen many of the UCLA football record holders on the field at the Rose Bowl or playing in the NFL. This edition of the quiz does not feature a slew of obscure names from the era when football players wore what were essentially leather swim caps as helmets. Nor is the quiz dominated by players from the days when, as one person put it, UCLA had black and white...
Bruins Nation Aug 22, 2015

Spaulding Report: Day 11-Jerry Outperforms Rosen In Friday Night Scrimmage

UCLA conducted its final two-a-day in San Bernardino, with an early morning practice and a 5:00 p.m. scrimmage UCLA conducted its last two-a-day of Fall Camp at Cal State University, San Bernardino, in anticipation of tomorrow's Fan Appreciation Day at 9 a.m. UCLA will NOT practice tomorrow. According to L.A. Times beat writer, Chris Foster, UCLA held a detail oriented practice this morning, with no hitting, with an eye towards this evening's blue vs. white scrimmage. #UCLA had a heavy detailed workout this morning, with no hitting, in preparation for tonight's scrimmage @UCLAFootball...

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