Offense, defense, coaching, which group is to blame for the back-to-back butt whippings that UCLA has taken? At this point you could give them all an equal piece of the pie as there was no one who could escape the stench of the 60-13 defeat at the hands of the true number one team in the country, the Oregon Ducks.
The Bruins probably were expecting that most of the damage on Thursday would come from Heisman hopeful LaMichael James, but on this night UCLA did a great job of making the Ducks Darron Thomas look like Drew Brees. Not only did Thomas pass for 308 yards and three touchdowns, but he made the UCLA defense look foolish by keeping them on their heels most of the night. The announcers at one point commented how UCLA was still moving around at the snap trying to get in the correct position. Read the rest of this entry »
Hopefully UCLA fans had bungee cords attached to their ankles when they made that plunge off the bridge after the home loss to Stanford as in two short weeks hope has been restored in Westwood thanks to a 34-12 victory over Texas in Austin on Saturday.
The pistol seems fully loaded and the defense continues to improve with a trio of linebackers that you could put up against any other group in the country. The Bruins played smart, simple and for the most part took care of the ball while taking advantage of numerous miscues by the Longhorns to turn what had been labeled a mismatch into a mismatch of shocking proportions.
It is hard to imagine pulling off a win with 27 yards passing but the Bruins did it by playing “Smash Mouth” football from beginning to end, physically dominating a Longhorn team that came into the season being hyped as a defensive powerhouse. The Bruins carried the ball a staggering 56 times for 264 yards, with Johnathan Franklin rushing for 118 yards and Derrick Coleman running for 94 yards. It got to the point in the second half that you knew it was going to be run after run, and it was, yet the Longhorns could do nothing to stop it. Read the rest of this entry »
How often do you see a team reach the low point of the season in only its second game of the year? UCLA has to hope that a 35-0 loss to Stanford at the Rose Bowl Saturday night is that low point and that things will get better. I will venture a guess that Bruin fans have to be wondering just how bad can it get this year?
An 0-2 start that looks like it has the makings of quickly becoming 0-4 and then much worse, which makes this loss just a symptom of a much larger problem. The problem was giving the few remaining Bruin fans at the Rose Bowl his usual post-game speech, which was not greeted to warmly. The problem is Rick Neuheisel. This is the third year of “Slick Rick” and all his promise and all of his hype has turned out to have no substance.
If a helmet sticker had been passed out to the most impressive conference after college football’s opening weekend, there’s no question the Mountain West Conference would be sporting it.
Can you even debate that another league had a more impressive kickoff weekend?
College football kicks off tonight with a handful of games, including Pittsburgh traveling to Salt Lake City. With household names like Tim Tebow gone, last season’s Heisman winner injured, and Boise State sitting at No. 3 in the AP preseason poll, the season seems as wide-open as ever.
Out west, especially after USC’s tumble to 9-4 last season and two-year bowl ban, the landscape is even more tabula rasa. To get an idea of how big of an impact teams west of the Rocky Mountains may have on the rest of the nation, I compiled a list of “can’t miss games” that involve at least one team in the Pac-10, Mountain West, or WAC. Call it a preseason watch list. Call it your west coast games of the week. The BCS National Championship Game is fittingly in Glendale, AZ on January 10, meaning the season will unquestionably set in the west.
Quick Hits — Tight Ends
I think the tight end position is very deep this year and if you don’t get one of the top guys then you might as well wait until later in the draft.
There are the six big names: Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates, Jermichael Finley, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten. Those guys will go early and you would be in a good position with any of them. I like Finley as one of the top guys, even though he’s not as big of a name, and I have a feeling he might go before Gonzalez and Witten in some drafts.
Doubling as what could have been the dullest episode of Law & Order, the Clippers have lived up to one of their more dubious reputations.
They’re cheap. And they’ll go to court to prove it.
In late July, the team accused Mike Dunleavy of fraud, alleging that their much-maligned former coach/GM “had no intentions to perform his duties and obligations as head coach through the 2010-11 season.” Read the rest of this entry »