Peter Yoon, who is one of the beat reporters/bloggers for ESPNLA covering UCLA has written up his "expectations" themed article for UCLA's 2010 season. He provides a really balanced outlook on UCLA's 2010 season laying out an expectations framework totally in sync with the discussions we have had on BN during this off-season. Peter talks about the need for continued improvement specifically in our conference record (emphasis added):
Continued forward progress in Neuheisel's third season is the name of the game. The Bruins poked over .500 by going 7-6 last season and won a bowl game for added measure, a big step forward from the 4-8 mark they put up in Neuheisel's first year.
Improving upon last season is going to be difficult with early nonconference games at Kansas State, against Houston and at Texas. But the real improvement must come in Pac-10 play. UCLA was 3-6 in the conference last season and finished eighth.
However, Yoon acknowledged the "brutal schedule" Bruins are facing this season with "difficult Pac-10 road games" at California, Oregon and Washington. He mentioned Arizona as one of those tough road games but we are playing those guys at the Rose Bowl this year.
Peter does say that the Bruins can win 9 or 10 games but only if there is a "perfect storm" and Bruins effectively answer number of questions facing the program heading into the season. He ultimate projects Bruins to have a 7-5 regular season, heading into a "low tier bowl game." I tend to agree with that projection and would consider it as a step in the positive direction provided that we are minimizing mistakes and fighting it out every football game.
We justifiably hold tradmed reporters accouintable here on BN when they put up ignorant and uninformed drivels. Similarly it is important to recognize when they are calling it like it is based on balanced and reality based perspective. Yoon does exactly that with a balanced outlook on UCLA's 2010 season. Make sure to read his entire article here.