With UCLA football set to kick off in nearly two weeks, predictions from fans are rolling in and UCLA addicts are beginning to get antsy to smash Rice on August 30.
Of course, this also means some websites will have come out with their projections since this is pretty much the beginning of betting season.
As such, a betting website, the Prediction Machine, has come out with theirs too. They’re buying into the hype that South Cal will win it all, but most importantly — to us, at least — they have UCLA finishing fifth in the Pac-12 behind Stanford with an average of 6.7 wins and 5.3 losses.
That’s the same projected average losses and wins for Washington and just a bit ahead of Wazzu. Even cooler, though, is that UCLA is narrowly behind Stanford, which Prediction Machine predicts they will finish with an average of 7.1 wins and 4.9 losses.
How should we feel about a projected 7-5 season (rounded from 6.7-5.3), essentially? Not too bad. It confirms our believe that UCLA will beat the cupcakes its supposed to beat while losing the tough games this team could lose to. In fact, 7-5 is exactly what we had, here at GJB. (For Spence’s prediction, click here. For mine, click here.)
And this wouldn’t be a bad year, so long as UCLA doesn’t get blown out and doesn’t lose to cupcakes consistently while upsetting a team or two to inflate their record.
Seven wins is a reason to get excited, and we’re all eager to see if UCLA can nab nine wins (which is very damn possible).
FOURTEEN MORE DAYS, OMYGOSH.