I know I'm not the first to mention Phil Steele. But I just got my grubby little hands on his Pac 10 Football 2007 Preview. I also just listened to a rather awesome interview he just gave on EDSBS Live to the guys over at Burnt Orange Nation and EDSBS. So, I thought I'd mention him again now.
If you're not familar with Steele, the guy puts together -- by far -- the most comprehensive pre-season college football preview on the market. And, having now heard him speak, I can say that he has a truly encyclopedic knowledge of the sport to match his magazine. Dude is incredible. A machine.
Anyway, enough fawning over Steele. What did he have to say about UCLA? From Steele's 2007 Pac 10 Forecast:2. [in the Pac 10] UCLA- the Bruins have a Pac 10 high 20 returning starters, and a conference low 12 letterman lost. After years where they have had either an outstanding offense or defense but were weak on the opposite side of the ball, the Burins are stong on both this year. They also have a schedule that could very well have them 11-0 when the travel to USC in the season finale, making the Bruins one of this year's surprise teams.
Steele also ranks the Bruins No. 21 overall. I won't say more -- you should buy a copy and read it for youself.
But, this just goes to show you that some of the best minds in college football are telling you the same things you are reading here on BN. The Bruins have the potential to have a special year. And no matter how many VHT's Southern Cal might have, UCLA has a solid shot at a Pac-10 championship this year.
People are rightly excited about the Bruins this year. I am too. Let's hope Dorrell can prove me wrong, and get it done this year.