The Pac-12 released their schedule for next year and UCLA Football could not be more ready. Let us breakdown the Bruin’s schedule on their road to making history.
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) January 8, 2014
Week 1: Aug 30 at Virginia
Looks promising, especially since Virginia went 2-10 in the ACC in 2013, including not being able to win a single conference game. WIN.
Week 2: Sept 6 vs. Memphis
The Tigers, like Virginia, were also cellar dwellers in their conference. Easy one, WIN.
Week 3: Sept 13 vs. Texas (@ AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX)
A neutral site Texas home game…basically. If head coach Jim Mora would have accepted the job at Texas, this would have been a very awkward game. Fortunately, he is a Bruin and will have UCLA ready against a transitioning Longhorn team. UCLA will once again vie for the Texas State Championship as they take out Texas…again. WIN.
Week 4: Bye
Week 5: (Thursday) Sept 25 at Arizona State
A bye week before one of the bigger games on the schedule? Wow, ASU will not know what hit them. This is nothing more than a revenge game and the Bruins will do anything to make up for not only losing to ASU in 2013, but also losing the Pac-12 South Division to the Sun Devils. WIN.
Week 6: Oct 4 vs. Utah
One of the toughest games for UCLA in 2013 will be a bit easier as Utah will be without athletic QB Travis Wilson. The Utes will also be playing outside of their home state, which is usually not a good sign for them. WIN.
Week 7: Oct 11 vs. Oregon
Oregon took several steps backward in 2013. They also lost big-time Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti to retirement. Not to mention this game is at the Rose Bowl. WIN.
Week 8: Oct 18 at Cal
It’s Cal. WIN.
Week 9: Oct 25 at Colorado
A tough game in Boulder…not really, it’s Colorado. WIN.
Week 10: Nov 1 vs. Arizona
The last time Arizona played at the Rose Bowl, they got their QB knocked out of the game, their “high-powered” run game hit a wall and Jonathan Franklin broke a long-standing UCLA record. Expect the same in 2014, sans Franklin. WIN.
Week 11: Nov 8 at Washington
Another game against a team with a first year coach, although it is later in the season. UCLA will be all too ready to play at Mora’s alma mater. Expect boos to reign down…even after UCLA gets the victory. WIN.
Week 12: Bye
Week 13: Nov 22 vs USC
The 2014 season is making up for the horrible scheduling of 2013. The Bruins get a key bye week before they play crosstown rival USC. Since UCLA runs LA, there is no other outcome for this game. WIN.
Week 14: (Friday) Nov 28 vs Stanford
This will quite possibly be the toughest game for the Bruins. With the game scheduled at this point in the season, there are a lot of implications as to what this game could hold for both teams. Still, I do not see Mora losing to Stanford again. WIN.
Week 15: Pac-12 Football Championship Game, at the Rose Bowl*
As you can see from the above tweet/schedule, the Bruins are set for this showdown. Seeing as we are predicting the Bruins to be 12-0 at this point, it no doubt sets them up for a spot in the conference championship, and will most likely have the best record in the Pac-12, bringing the championship game to the Rose Bowl for the first time. Sure these are way-too-early predictions, but hey, it is not that outlandish to think the Bruins can accomplish this feat. Go Bruins.
As for their post-season play, it is unsure where the Bruins will go, as it will be the first year of the college football playoffs. In turn, it will shuffle around all the teams that do not make it into the lesser bowls, so accurately predicting which bowl UCLA will go to is a bit much right now, don’t you think? We are not psychics.