Last season the Bruins went .500 at the Rose Bowl. That will not be the case in 2015 when they face some of their easier opponents at home.
In 2014, UCLA Football went 10-3. Sure that is a good record, but those three losses, albeit to tough teams, were all at home at the Rose Bowl. While the Bruins went 7-0 away from their home field, which is quite outstanding, they also had three really bad games on their own turf.
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One can make a variety of excuses for why these losses happened but the bottom line is that they happened and the end of the season result was a 3-3 record at the Rose Bowl. They lost to Utah, they lost to Oregon and then they lost a heartbreaker to Stanford. That last one really hurt.
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After recovering from the losses from the Utes and Ducks, the Bruins had a chance to win the South Division on the last game of the regular season and all they had to do was beat the Cardinal.
They lost 31-10.
That is not good, especially for a team that is looking to explode onto the national scene.
Luckily, this season things should be in stark contrast to how it was last year in regards to home game results. Let us take a look at the 2015 home schedule:
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Virginia, Cal, Colorado and Washington State are games that the Bruins should not only win, but they should win very easily. No excuses for losses against these teams.
The games against BYU and Arizona State are a bit trickier to predict, but as we did during our schedule previews for the Cougars and Sun Devils, we foresee victories for the Bruins against these two very tough teams.
So essentially, UCLA Football should go undefeated at home this year. Easy.
Sep 25, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Jordan Payton (9) misses a catch against Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Kweishi Brown (10) during the first half at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Well, expect for the fact that BYU always gives UCLA a tough time, Arizona State is one of five teams (including the Bruins) that could win the Pac-12 South and we really cannot predict potential calamity against UVA, Cal, Colorado and WSU.
Surely Head Coach Jim Mora will have the Bruins focused and ready for these games because one slip up could be devastating in a year that the Bruins are looking to win the Pac-12 among seven teams that also have a legitimate shot to do the same.
This year, UCLA Football should have an extra sense of urgency to not only defend the Rose Bowl, but to use the home field advantage. Last year, UCLA broke attendance records and with UCLA fans committing to the Bruins this season, there is no reason why Mora’s crew should not go 6-0 at the Rose Bowl.
So with that, we say, Go Bruins because it is time to dominate this year at the Rose Bowl and finish the season 6-0 in Pasadena.