Nov 23, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) before the Bruins game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Analyzing UCLA Football’s 2014 Schedule


 

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.


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.

(*Unconfirmed)

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.

Mike W.R.

Twitter: @TheBigDisco

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  • toperspective

    Ha. 12-0. I’m a Bruin fan and even I think this is silly.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      Why? I think expecting anything less than a 10-2 regular season is unreasonable and even a 10-2 regular season seems like it’s setting the bar low.

      We’re going to be healthy. We’re going to have a seasoned offensive line. Hundley should be better. Our receivers have never been a problem. UCLA’s running backs (Jordon James, mainly) will be at full strength.

      Myles Jack will be on defense, and so will Vanderdoes and Owa. UCLA’s supposed to be grown up in 2014. After every loss, I heard, “Man, this sucks but we’re injured and young and we’re going places.” We need to arrive at those places, especially with Oregon possibly being down and Stanford losing a lot of talent.

      I would expect an 11-1 season, with a loss to Stanford. I would expect to win the conference championship and play in a major bowl game, and possibly the playoff. (Winning the bowl game/playoff would be a different story.)

      Expecting anything less sounds like settling.

      • toperspective

        Tough schedule. Some of the tough games are after a bye and at home but very few teams make it through unscathed. The pac 12 is a tough conference. I hope you’re right.

  • Bronco4Bruins

    While I, like most UCLA fans, would be elated with a 12-0 record during the 2014 season, I believe you disrespect too many of our opponents by being dismissive of their talents. That said, if the Bruin team can overcome the faults of 2013 (read that as consistancy and control of emotions to avoid penalties) it would be one grand ride with us, perhaps, playing the Ducks in the conference championship to see who gets the best bowl available. Go Bruins!