And with that, here are your Pregame Guesses for Oregon State:
Oh yeah, I'm supposed to pen a nifty few paragraphs before posting the guesses, maybe something funny about the team we're playing or something scathing about how our team is playing. But, to tell Bruins Nation the truth, I don't find all that much funny about UCLA football at the moment and what else could I say about the team's underperformance this year that my colleagues haven't said already?
But, I've got to write (type? post?) something so here goes ...
If I have one wish for tomorrow, it would be for Rick Neuheisel to throw some caution to the wind, to try something new, to think outside the box and just see if that shakes things up.
He could start by giving some of the personnel who rarely or never see the field a chance to show what they can do. Whether it's everybody's favorite missing person Randall Carroll or Ricky Marvray or Damien Thigpen or Malcolm Jones or Jordan James -- I'd just like to see a few other guys get a shot. What do we have to lose? Seriously -- What. Do. We. Have. To. Lose.
He could also shake a few things up on defense (Hang on, we are pausing this post because someone just pushed Justin Edison backwards and he landed right on my keyboard. Edison backpedals more than a chick on Dancing with the Stars). Let's find out what Iuta Tepa can do, what Seali'l Epenesa can do. I mean, has anyone heard Datone Jones name all year? It gives me no pleasure to call out the players -- but then again, watching them play is not giving me much pleasure either.
Or maybe Neuheisel could open up the playbook a bit. How about an onside kick? Sean Payton and the Saints won a Super Bowl with an unexpected onside kick. Maybe we could go for it on fourth down just once. Do you think Neuheisel even knows that faking a punt is legal? Seriously, that's going to be the bonus question on the guesses below: When was the last time UCLA faked a punt? I don't know, actually. Maybe it was last year or the year before, but I have no recollection of it.
I guess what I'm saying is, we've got nothing to lose by trying some stuff. We know what we're doing and who we're doing it with isn't working. So, let's try something new. Is that so crazy? After all, we all know what Albert Einstein said about insanity, right?
With that, here are your Pregame Guesses for Oregon State:
- The Bruins have had trouble scoring first and have been forced to play from behind. The question is: What will the score be after UCLA gets it's first points? (In other words, if we score a touchdown as the first score fo the game, the score will be 7-0. If we kick a field goal after OSU has scored ten points then the score would be 3-10. Don't get technical about the extra point, just assume a touchdown is 7, unless you think we will go for two.)
- Name a Bruin player who will recover an Oregon State fumble. (I was going to ask you to name a Bruin player who will recover a Jonathan Franklin fumble, but that would be mean.)
- True or False, Richard Brehaut will pass for 250 yards against Oregon State.
- BONUS QUESTION: When was the last time UCLA faked a punt.