Bruin Bites: Houston Game Day Edition

Jon Wilner's question of the game: will Jet Ski pass MJD's single-game rushing yard record? (Photo Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US Presswire)

Alright folks, it's college football Saturday and our Bruins will face the first true test of the Jim Mora, when they take on the Houston Cougars tonight at the Rose Bowl. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT, and for those of you unable to make it to the Rose Bowl, it will be televised on the Pac-12 Network (if you have DirecTV, you're screwed).

Yes, Nebraska was a top-25 opponent, with a high-powered offense and a defense with a tough reputation. But the Bruins have pulled these type of big wins before, dropping Tennessee twice during the Neuheisel era, going to Austin and upsetting the Longhorns in a dominating win, hell, you can even put 13-9 in the category of big wins in recent memory. But, UCLA has almost uniformly followed a "signature win" with a signature whipping in embarrassing fashion, or a second-half season collapse. So while the universe is ready to proclaim all is now grand with UCLA football, let's see if this team has really taken the next step.

Houston is the classic trap game. They're an unranked opponent, they no longer have twentieth-year senior Case Keenum at QB, and we face them following the big win against Nebraska and before the Pac-12 conference schedule gets underway. This is the kind of game that UCLA would never be prepared for, would overlook, and would either choke away or struggle to finish.

So, today, we'll see if Jim Mora really has changed the culture of UCLA football. We all hope to see this Bruin squad come out intense, fired-up, and ready to bring the BOOM. Right now, Vegas (depending on where you look) has the Bruins favored by between 16.5 and 17.5 points. So, based on how these Bruins have played and our thoughts on Houston, this should be a solid UCLA win, and not a slip-up trap game for the Jim Mora era Bruins.

With that, let's turn to the bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse to kick off our Saturday game day coverage:

Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites to get this Saturday morning of college football started. Kick-off is slated for this evening and we will have open threads up throughout the day, so keep your eyes peeled for those. For now, this will be our early morning college football open thread. Get fired up and fire away with your thoughts, comments, etc. in the open thread below.

GO BRUINS

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