Hello ladies and gents. Ready or not we have a huge football game coming up this afternoon at 12:30 pm PST. Yes, I get that this is a game between the two "bottom dwellers" of the Pac-12. It is desperation time and yadi, yada, yada. But for this community this game and the next two weekends will potentially give us more clarity in terms of the direction of the UCLA football program.
I know folks for lot of good reasons are feeling down and gloomy. Yet I am still not giving up hope. I think there is a chance Bruins can start something good this afternoon in Corvallis IF (I know, I know, a huge "IF") they make the right moves. We have a pre-game thread coming up at 9:00 am EST. Until then here are some quick clips to chew over this am:
- Peter Yoon of ESPNLA posted "five things to watch" in this afternoon's game. Yoon points out that the Beavers' "inexperienced secondary with three players having made their first career start this season," could be ripe target for Richard Brehaut. The Beaver DBs have not yet intercepted a pass have "allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete nearly 70 percent of their passes and have given up seven passing touchdowns in two games." If there was ever a time for Brehaut to put a hammer lock on the starting spot this game is it. Yoon also notes that the Beavers OL has had huge issues with pass protection giving up 5 sacks in their first 2 games. So, this game is also an opportunity for our defense to pick up some badly needed momentum.
- Adam Maya has the story on Brehaut getting yet "another turn as starter." Brehaut knows the drill and the right soundbites:
It's been a long time coming. I'm just taking it week to week, not looking too far into the future, not looking over my shoulder. That's all under my control. It's up to me if it's going to be week to week or for the season."Good luck Richard.