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ESPN Previews/Affirms High Expectations for No. 19 UCLA’s 2013 Season

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Nothing earth-shattering from tWWL but FWIW here is the "forecast" in their UCLA preview (emphasis added):

The schedule ramps up significantly in 2013. The Bruins go to Stanford for a rematch of the 2012 Pac-12 title game and also face Oregon for the first time in the Mora era. Almost all of their toughest games are on the road, including Nebraska, Stanford, Oregon and USC. With some of the previously mentioned offensive stars gone, Hundley will be asked to do more with the offense than he did last year -- which includes better decision-making and command of the offense.

Yet despite all of their success in 2012, the blowout loss to Baylor in the Holiday Bowl lingers. As does the fact that the Bruins were the most penalized team in the country last year and they gave up an unhealthy amount of sacks. Mora is making sure his players know they haven't arrived yet.

The Bruins are a fascinating balancing act of proven playmakers and untested youth. If their youth matures quickly, it wouldn't be shocking to see them in the title game for the third straight year.

ICYMI UCLA is ranked number 19 in ESPN's pre-season college football top-25.

All of this is consistent with our exhaustive discussions around expectations on this upcoming season. It will be a huge disappointment if the UCLA doesn't maintain their ongoing hold on the "South" and take care of business against Southern Cal.

GO BRUINS.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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