Bruin Bites: UCLA-Stanford Gameday Edition

It's Saturday, and it's time for some Bruin football.  This game will be a big test for UCLA, as they will face conference favorites, the #6-ranked Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto, led by easily the best QB, if not the outright best player in college football, Andrew Luck.  Game time is at 7:30 p.m. PST on FSN.  The Bruins and Rick Neuheisel can instantly turn the season around and quiet the nay-sayers with a huge road victory over a top-ten conference opponent on the road.

Rick has the horses to run with the Trees and despite having an elite QB and a top-tier team this season, attendance at Stanford home games hasn't exactly turned their new stadium into an intimidating atmosphere like, say, Autzen.  This game has all the makings of a big UCLA upset, if, and only if, Rick pulls out all the stops, plays to win, sheds the conservative game-plan, and takes some chances.

The pre-game thread should be going up around 2 p.m., but before we get to that, let's take a look at some of the bits and pieces of football news from around the UCLA-iverse:

  • ESPN's Stanford blogger doesn't give the Bruins much hope, predicting a total beat-down of the Bruins at the Farm to the tune of 42-7.  Let's see if our guys can get fired up and make this a game: if so, this might be a lot tighter than most people think.
  • Peter Yoon went though our secondary and spelled out the various problems, injuries, and holes the Bruins will need to account for in the secondary.  With the problems our secondary will have, if the front seven can't get pressure to Luck and force him into making mistakes, then this game could quickly turn into the "Andrew Luck Heisman Highlight Reel" real fast.
  • Finally, turning to some non-football news for an important community bulletin: a female UCLA student was sexually assaulted in Westwood on Thursday.  At around 7 p.m., the attacker grabbed the unsuspecting student, threw her into a vehicle, and proceeded to sexually assault her.  So, ladies, make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times and, during the evening hours, make sure you travel with others.  The suspect is described a white male adult, approx.  6' 1" with a heavy build, short brown hair, and approx. 30 to 35 years old, driving a white mid-90's to early 2000 model Honda Civic.  Let's keep the victim, a member of our Bruin family in our thoughts, and if you have any information regarding this crime please call the UCPD at (310) 794-5824.  Let's hope they catch this piece of shit and take him off our streets for a very long time.
    • Those are your pre-game Bruin Bites.  Sit tight and the pre-game thread will be up this afternoon.  For now, this will be our morning college football open thread for those of you watching other games.

      If you're a Bruin not in Northern California, we have all the latest information on where to watch the game with fellow Bruins here.  If you're anywhere remotely close to the greater San Francisco Bay Area, you should be at Stanford Stadium in blue and gold.  No excuses, so go check out ticket and travel information to make your way to Palo Alto.  If you haven't done so already, make sure you get your pre-game guesses in before kick-off at 7:30 p.m. PST.

      GO BRUINS

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