With UCLA football’s game against the Houston Cougars just a couple of days away, we think it’s appropriate to get to our craziest, wild predictions of what we think will happen at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
We know both offenses can hang yards like it’s nothing. Houston nabbed 49 points last week in their loss to Louisiana Tech and are fourth in passing yards in the entire nation.
Of course, they did lose and, the week prior, were blown out by Texas State 30-13.
Which is why UCLA opens as 16.5 point favorites, and why fans think this should be a blowout game for UCLA if there really is a new era in UCLA football.
So let’s stop with the narratives and go on to our numbers, yeah?
Brett Hundley: 16-for-21, 331 yards, 3 touchdowns.
Richard Brehaut: 5-for-10, 37 yards
- I fully expect that UCLA ends this game early enough for Richard Brehaut to throw late.
Johnathan Franklin: 218 yards, 18 carries, 2 touchdowns
Brett Hundley: 61 yards, 10 carries
Damien Thigpen: 35 yards, 11 carries
Jordon James: 33 yards, 9 carries
Steven Manfro: 18 yards, 1 carries
Shaq Evans: 4 yards, 1 carry
- Jonathan Franklin has a line similar to his game against Rice and as a result, other ball-carriers get their shot.
Joe Fauria: 4 catches, 88 yards, 2 touchdowns
Devin Lucien: 4 catches, 58 yards, 1 touchdown
Steven Manfro: 3 catches, 59 yards
Johnathan Franklin: 3 catches, 66 yards
Shaq Evans: 3 catches, 50 yards
Jerry Johnson: 3 catches, 44 yards
Damien Thigpen: 1 catch, 3 yards
- What else can we say? The ball gets spread around a ton in Mazzone’s offense, and we love it.
Steven Manfro: 3 KR, 88 yards, 1 touchdown
Steven Manfro: 5 PR, 41 yards
- Yes, this is 737 yards of total offense. The Cougs allowed 600 yards of total offense to a Louisiana Tech team that had 400 total yards per game in 2011. UCLA will explode.
- And remarkably, I also have down that UCLA will only run 81 plays in stark contrast to the 94 plays against Nebraska. I fully expect bigger, more explosive runs and catches from UCLA against a weak Houston defense.
- UCLA scores six touchdowns, but field goals included, they’ll hit 50 points for the first time since 2005 when our Bruins hung 50 on Northwestern.