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Bruin Bites: UCLA-Washington State Gameday Edition

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Against Washington State, we'll accept nothing less than the Bruins leaving the Cougars in the dust.  Win or be gone Rick.
Against Washington State, we'll accept nothing less than the Bruins leaving the Cougars in the dust. Win or be gone Rick.

It's Saturday, and it's time for some Bruin football.  The Bruins return home to the Rose Bowl to take on their fellow conference patsy, the Washington State Cougars.  Game time is at 7:30 p.m. PST on FSN.  Rick's team stands at 2-3 and tonight's game kicks off a slate of games (Washington State, Arizona, Cal, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado) where Rick absolutely must win 5 out of 6.  Of those games, only Arizona State should be a toss-up.  They're a talented squad, but undisciplined and error-prone, and we're getting them at the Rose Bowl.  Every remaining team on that six game run is a team, that with the talent UCLA has on its roster, should beat.

Failure to do so will be a major strike against Neuheisel returning next year.  As we saw against Stanford, there is talent on this roster.  The excuses from the Neuheisel sycophants need to end.  If Rick fails to win today, he's toast.  His tenure as UCLA's head coach is on life support and he'll need to meet the reasonable expectations laid out to earn himself another year at the helm in Westwood.

The pre-game thread should be going up around 2 p.m., but before we get to that, let's take a look at some of the bits and pieces of football news from around the UCLA-iverse:

Those are your pre-game Bruin Bites.  Sit tight and the pre-game thread will be up this afternoon.  For now, this will be our morning college football open thread for those of you watching other games.

If you're a Bruin not in Southern California, we have all the latest information on where to watch the game with fellow Bruins here.  If you're anywhere remotely close to the greater Los Angeles area, you should be at the Rose Bowl in blue and gold.  No excuses. If you haven't done so already, make sure you get your pre-game guessess in before kick-off at 7:30 p.m. PST.

GO BRUINS