All of a sudden, the UCLA offense has gone from electric to pesdestrian. UCLA looks for their offense to get back on track Saturday, at Tempe against ASU.
You might be asking yourself “what’s up with out offense?” I am asking the same question. I think this is a case of other teams carefully evaluating film and playing trams with a solid D. Every since the Nebraska game, the offense has been on a steady decline, not rapid, but steady. I’m a tad bit concerned because lets be honest, UCLA’s D can’t win a game on their own.
The play calling is a huge factor Saturday against ASU. They have a lot of playmakers on defense, such as DT Will Sutton who is questionable for the game. An explosive offense starts with, well, explosive play-calling. I would love to see a bevy of QB-Option reeds and why not some trickery? Lets try that triple-reverse like we did at Colorado, or maybe even a WR pass. We must stay away from “vanilla” play calling.
Why can’t Mazzone go back to the offense we saw against Nebraska: Swing passes mixed with option reads and runs outside the tackles? We racked up 653 yards that game; yes, nearly 700 yards of total offense against Nebraska. I don’t know what defense to see out of ASU. They have great defensive rankings but the best team they’ve played before Oregon was Utah. Which says nothing at all. You might think that they have an advantage because Mazzone was at Arizona State last year, I say not necessarily. I’m sure Mora and Mazzone have some things under their sleeves.
This is a huge game.