In episode 142 of ‘What’s Bruin Show’, we recap the UCLA Football team’s loss to Memphis and tell you why it’s not the end of the world. And with that, we tell you why the Bruins have a chance against Stanford (stop laughing).
In this latest episode, hosts Bill Shirley, Jake Merrifield and I analyze the state of UCLA Football with LA Sports Hub writer Jamaal Artis. Don’t let the title of this article fool you, we are not sick and tired of UCLA (though many would argue we should be), but we were literally sick and tired.
Jake was not as organized as previous episodes, Bill needed a bed and NyQuil and I was late to the episode and dragging… but do you think that broke our spirit? Heck no!
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UCLA lost to Memphis in a shoot out. The Tigers came away victorious 48-45 and the majority of UCLA fans think the sky is falling and are calling for a change in leadership. Is this mentality warranted or should the Bruin faithful step away from the ledge?
UCLA has an imbalance in their system which needs to be figured out. They have a tempo offense which is among the best in the nation behind QB Josh Rosen, but their defense has taken a step back. Now before you just blurt out, “UCLA’s defense sucks!”, ask yourself, “why?”
UCLA lost a lot of good players after 2016 and 2017 has hit the Bruins with several injuries, so there has to be time to reload and teach. Though things are out of wack right now, will they be fixed in time for their next game which comes against Stanford?
Speaking of the Cardinal, they are hurting as well. After an unprecidented loss to San Diego State, Stanford is 1-2. That is not good for UCLA as the Cardinal will be looking to take out their frustration on the Bruins, but there is hope as Stanford has a few struggles of their own.
We then finish up with some Pac-12 talk and evaluate the strength of Conference of Champions… are they good from top to bottom or are they annoyingly top-heavy.