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Bruin Bites: UCLA-Colorado Gameday Edition

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It's Saturday and UCLA is coming back to the Rose Bowl following an embarrassing beat-down, Neuheislian loss to a sub-par Utah squad last week, this time to take on the even more hapless Colorado Buffaloes, who has become the doormat of the Pac-12 in their inaugural season. In other words, it's a game that UCLA, with the talent advantage (with the obvious exception of QB), should be able to win, especially at home.  A victory will be expected and will be a nice boost to the weekend for the Bruin faithful, but if it does come, it will still not change the need for wholesale regime change.

Despite being alums or fans of the most popular college in California, it's been a long week for the wider Bruin Nation. Ben Howland's team has been flat-out embarrassing.  With double-digit losses in two games scheduled to be tune-up games for Maui, UCLA might just have finally hit rock bottom (although I don't put it past Rick to out-do Ben this afternoon).  Sometimes, it makes me wonder if Dan Guerrero, Ben Howland, and Rick Neuheisel are skillfully plotting some kind of dramatic relocation a la the plot in Major League, but then I realized that would require some measure of intelligence, which is something that Guerrero has demonstrated he does not have.

So once again, let's start this Saturday with the same question we started last Saturday with:

So, please, everyone, let's take a moment to stop and think.  When have both of our two major revenue programs been as much of a joke as they have been the past three years?  When have we had a run, like these past three years, where both UCLA football and basketball were national punchlines?

We're a joke.  Our football team is a joke.  We went on national television and got absolutely stomped by an Arizona program that was 1-5 and without a real head coach.  They had a defensive coordinator with zero head coaching experience. And they smoked us.  Our basketball team is a joke.  We don't have the athletes to play "Ben Ball" defense and we haven't been relevant since the true Ben Ball Warriors (DC, LRMAM, LMR, KL, etc.).  These current UCLA basketball players don't even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as those guys.

As we've mentioned before, folks needs to not focus on Neuheisel (or Howland), because, as we've said, he's done regardless at this point (and Ben will join him in our cross-hairs real quick if we don't see a commitment to Ben Ball and the principles of Coach, rather than the embarrassing, classless clown show that is our basketball program).  It's now time to focus on the root of UCLA's problems: the tone-deaf, ineffectual chump running Morgan Center. As we've said on BN (and as many of you, on Facebook, on MexiBruin's petition, and other places across the social media landscape), nothing short of wholesale regime change will suffice.

Anyway, kick-off is set for 4:30 p.m. PST and the pre-game thread will be up later today.  Before we get to the pre-game thread, let's take a look at some of the bits and pieces of football news from around the UCLA-iverse after the jump:

Those are your pre-game Bruin Bites.  Sit tight and the pre-game thread will be up in a few hours.  For now, feel free to fire away with your thoughts in the open thread or check out the BN previews of Colorado (here and here)  Finally, if you haven't done so already, make sure you get your pre-game guesses in before kick-off at 4:30 p.m. PST on third-rate garbage network Versus.

If you're in Southern California, you can, of course, catch the game at the Rose Bowl (although, we'd prefer it to be at an on-campus stadium that's fit nicely between the Hill and the IM fields, but I digress) but we wouldn't blame fans for not wanting to subject themselves to the disaster of a program created by Dan Guerrero's incompetent leadership.