UCLA hosts Colorado and the Bruins look to win and stay in contention to play in the Pac-12 championship game.
Here is a look at the history between these two programs.
The Colorado Buffaloes and UCLA Bruins have been playing football against each other since 1980. UCLA leads the series 13-5 against Colorado.
The longest winning streak for either school in the series is five games. UCLA won five straight games from 2011 to 2015. The Bruins also won the first four games these two teams played against one another. The most lopsided game in the series was when they first played one another, which resulted in a 56-14 victory for UCLA in 1980.
The Colorado Buffaloes and UCLA Bruins are both members of the Pac-12 Conference but after this season; the Bruins will join the Big Ten and the Buffaloes will rejoin the Big 12 for the 2024 season. It is unlikely that these two schools will play each other in football after this upcoming game for a decent amount of time.
The UCLA Bruins and Colorado Buffaloes will face off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Bruins enter the game with a 5-2 record, while the Buffaloes are 4-3.
UCLA is the favorite to win the game, but Colorado has shown the ability to play well against good teams this season. The Buffaloes have a high-powered offense led by quarterback Shedeur Sanders, who is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. Sanders has thrown for 2,420 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.
The Bruins have won the last two meetings between the two teams, and they are looking to extend their winning streak to three games. The Buffaloes are hoping to play spoiler and knock off the Bruins in Pasadena.
Here are some key things to watch for in the game:
Can Colorado’s offense continue to roll? The Buffaloes have averaged 34 points per game this season, which ranks in the top 25 in the country. Sanders is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the Pac-12, and he has a number of talented weapons to work with, including wide receivers Xavier Weaver and Jimmy Horn Jr. who both have a combined 94 receptions this season. The UCLA defense has been doing an outstanding job and should be able to limit the Buffaloes’ passing attack.
Can Colorado’s defense slow down UCLA’s offense? The Buffaloes have allowed 35.9 points per game this season, which ranks in the middle of the pack in the country. Colorado’s defense is led by two safeties in the secondary Trevor Woods and Shilo Sanders. Linebacker Jordan Domineck, leads the team in sacks, and safety Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig leads the team in interceptions. Colorado against Stanford did not look good but they had a bye week to work on making adjustments in preparation for the Bruin’s offense.
Overall, UCLA is the favorite to win the game, but Colorado is a dangerous team that is capable of pulling off an upset. The key for the Buffaloes will be to slow down UCLA’s offense and get their own offense going again like they did in non-conference play.
Last 10 games of this rivalry: UCLA has won seven times during the past 10 games that these two schools have played one another.
Last five games of this rivalry: UCLA has won three out of the last five games against Colorado.
The best game between these two schools: The 2015 game in which the Bruins defeated the Buffaloes by a final score of 35-31.
Current Win Streak: UCLA has won the last two games between these two schools, having a two-game winning streak in this rivalry.
Last meeting between both schools: The Bruins defeated the Buffaloes on the road by a final score of 45-17.
Prediction: UCLA 41 Colorado 21