Bruin Bites: Another Year for Hundley, Tracking MJD Trade Scenarios, and Marsh Apparently Punished

Ezra Shaw

It's Monday morning and our Bruins are gearing up for arguably the toughest opponent they'll face all year, the #2-ranked Oregon Ducks this Saturday. It'll be the third ranked opponent for the Bruins this year, and our Bruins will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss in Palo Alto, but likewise, the Ducks will have a point to prove after being passed by Florida State in the initial BCS standings. With the work week getting started, we take a look at the various bits and pieces of news from around the football-related UCLA-iverse.

Well, that sucked, am I right?

Stanford looked as vulnerable as they have since Harbaugh came to Palo Alto and built them into an imposing smash-mouth, physical football team, and we failed to capitalize.  With a golden opportunity to win a huge road game over a top-15 opponent, the same opponent that denied us the conference title last year in a 3-point loss in the same venue, the Bruins laid an egg.  The offense was uninspired and stagnant, the coaching staff looked confused at best, and it was just an all-around poor effort by UCLA this Saturday.  Fortunately, David Shaw looked as conservative as Mora and Company, which really kept UCLA in this game.  Don't expect the same mistake next week from the Ducks, who will come out firing and look to score fast and score often.

But, the one good thing is that UCLA can still bounce back and win the conference and go to the Rose Bowl, but if Saturday's performance is any indicator, there should be major alarm bells when it comes to beating Arizona State (which looked pretty impressive in beating Washington).  There's enough talent for us to steam-roll Colorado and we're definitely better than Arizona, so there's two more division wins we should have in hand.  That leaves the Sun Devils and the Trojans as the two major obstacles for UCLA returning to Palo Alto or Eugene again for the third Pac-12 championship game.  Both are games we should win, but that won't happen if the Bruins don't right the ship quickly.  So, with that said, let's take a look at the various bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse this Monday morning:

Alright folks, those are your bits and pieces of news from around the football-related UCLA-iverse. Fire away with your comments, additions, thoughts, etc. in the thread as we kick off yet another work week.

GO BRUINS

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