The UCLA Football team is 2-0. They play #19 BYU. Now, the writers of Go Joe Bruin predict the game.
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BYU 20 – UCLA 31
UCLA gets its first real test of the year against a 2-0 BYU team. Coming off two hail mary wins, the Cougars have to be looking to continue the momentum built off those two games. The Bruins will have to hold off a mature team led by a 22 true freshman QB in Tanner Mangum, itching to prove they are no fluke. In the end, the Bruins will pull out a win and send the Cougs back to Provo with their first loss.
BYU 20 – UCLA 38
Predix: The offensive balance is closer to what it was against UVA, with the Cougars holding stiff against the run – at least until late – and Rosen and the WRs back in sync. The defense gives up a couple of big pass plays but otherwise does well, sacking Mangum at least twice.
Sep 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) prepares to throw the ball against the UNLV Rebels during the second quarter at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports
BYU 17 – UCLA 27
UCLA’s offensive line is the story of the night, as a productive rushing attack and an efficient passing game allow the Bruins to overcome the Cougars.
BYU 24 – UCLA 34
Without Taysom Hill, I refuse to believe the BYU hype. The Cougars needed a Hail Mary to beat Nebraska. They needed another one to beat a Boise State team that nearly blew a 16-0 halftime lead in its home opener against Washington. If BYU wins on a third straight Hail Mary, I may have to consider converting to Mormonism.
But in the incredibly likely event that the Cougars don’t pull off a similar miracle, their running game will ultimately fail them-they mustered only 204 rushing yards in their first two games combined, and 72 of those yards came from Hill, who is out for the season. As long as the Bruins can adequately defend the pass and Paul Perkins puts up at least 100 rushing yards, UCLA should come away with the win. But then again, stranger things have happened, and they have happened with startling frequency as of late.
BYU 13 – UCLA 30
The Bruins need to maintain their emotional stability. WHich means, they are ranked #10, they are 2-0, Josh Rosen in the bell of the ball, don’t let it go to your head.
BYU 17 – UCLA 41
BYU will be lucky if UCLA doesn’t cover the 17 point spread on the game. Man for man, they just wont be able to keep up — and Josh Rosen doesn’
t even need to be his best. Defensively, UCLA will be to much for BYU. Offensively, look to see Paul Perkins do what he does best. I’ll say Perkins gasses BYU for 165 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. Rosen will throw for a pair, as well, on top of his 300+ passing yards. UCLA takes their first ranked matchup of the season in a dominant fashion, winning 41-17.
BYU 14 – UCLA 34
UCLA beat the UNLV Rebels last week to push their record to 2-0 on the season, although the offense, particularly passing, looked out of sync.
Now that may seem like an oxymoron considering it was a 34-3 victory, but the passing game did look choppy.
Fortunately though, this is nothing that more preparation can’t fix.
As we all saw in Week 1 versus Virginia, Josh Rosen is an exceptionally smart quarterback for his age, and he’ll rebound nicely against the Cougars. Look for the offensive line to have a good game too.
Those were really the only issues on offense and the running game will be dependable as usual.
Defensively, there will still be some issues in the secondary with Ishmael Adams still suspended, but look for the Bruins lockdown linebacking core to make up for Adams’ absence again.
BYU 14 – UCLA 28
This will not come down to a Hail Mary because UCLA will keep BYU at bay. I think the Bruin defense is going to be too much for the Cougar offense and will relatively keep them quiet in a Bruin win.