It's once again college gameday and the Bruins are off to Tempe. UCLA squares off against another 5-2 Pac-12 South team, the Arizona State Sun Devils, who are coming off of a challenging Thursday night showing against the unflappable Oregon Ducks. There are several parallels between ASU and UCLA; both teams are coming off of disappointing 2011 seasons that saw new head coaches being brought in for the 2012 season. Both offenses are showcasing young QB's in Taylor Kelly and Chandler, Arizona native, Brett Hundley. Both teams' head coaching hires came at a bit of a surprise - remember this is Coach Mora's first time coaching on the collegiate level since 1988 and Coach Todd Graham was coaching his dream job at Pitt (or was that his 2nd dream job?) last year.
It is also worthy to note that UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and UCLA running backs coach Steve Broussard were both coaches at ASU this time last year. The last time we met the Sun Devils, we won 29-28 at the Rose Bowl. Since then, a lot has changed on both sides with the Sun Devils losing key members of last year's squad, Brock Osweiler and Vontaze Burfict, to early NFL draft entry while we lost our best fair catcher, Taylor Embree to graduation.
The Bruins and Sun Devils will get started at 12:00 pm Pacific/3:00 pm EST (FX). In case you missed it, you can catch up on all of our Sun Devil notes right here. If you are looking to track the game online you can also keep your tabs open to a game tracker on the official UCLA website and on the WWL website.
As gbruin mentioned in the very first week we do not tolerate any personal attacks on our players. Don't do it. Say what you want about the play, but support the players. Also, want to remind folks that no links to illegal streams should be posted in the comment thread. Sorry, that's just a no no per SBN protocol.
So let's hope that we can return from the bye week with a good showing at Sun Devil Stadium. As Nestor pointed out, since 2001, we are 0-6 on road games following a bye week, so this week will be a key indicator of culture change within the program.
Let's get this game thread started. Fire away.