The UCLA football team showed a lot of progress toward the end of 2018 season, which is why they could be in the running for the Pac-12 South in 2019. Here are 10 reasons why that can happen…
Yes, I know the UCLA football team’s season just ended and bowl games have not yet begun, but just like you, I continue to grow curious about the future of this program.
And why not? Head coach Chip Kelly turned a few heads at the end of the season which means progress is possible. So what will it evolve into in Year2? What will that result in? Let’s have a look…
Youth Now Has Experience
There were a lot of new faces this season. A lot of freshmen played, but so did transfers and walk-ons. Of the 76 players that saw time on the field, 39 of them did not play in 2017. That is a lot of new bodies to assimilate and assemble into a functioning squad. And then to throw them into the fire against top programs with one of the hardest schedules in the country… it was a lot, but seeing how the team got better as the season went on, we can assume that will continue into next season.
The Calamity of the Pac-12 South
The South Division was quite the mess in 2018 and it does not look like it will stop in 2019. It is very telling when a team like UCLA, who started Pac-12 season 2-4, would be in the hunt to win the division with three weeks remaining. The division, as well as the conference, was eating itself alive on a weekly basis. It seemed no one wanted the South. In 2019, the division will continue to change with a variety of coaching and roster changes. It is the perfect setup for the Bruins to come out of nowhere and win the Pac-12 South