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Bruin Bites: Pac-12 Championship Game Day Edition

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Usually on Saturday mornings, this special edition of the gameday Bruin Bites gets started on Friday with the Bruins taking on Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game. So this is your wee-bit early round-up of the various bits and pieces from around the UCLA-iverse, while providing an open thread for pre-game thoughts on tonight's fight for the Rose Bowl.

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It's Friday, so while most of us are winding down our work week, Coach Mora and our Bruins will be gearing up for tonight's Pac-12 title game. On the line is not just the conference crown but the accompanying spot in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Last week, the Bruins came out flat against a powerful Stanford squad, that punished the Bruins on the ground and hit UCLA's vaunted offense in the mouth.

While there were accusations that Mora intentionally held back in last week's matchup, all of that doesn't matter now: we expect, with six days to prepare, watch film, and make adjustments, that Jim Mora and his staff (which have done an excellent job in their first season) will have our Bruins in a position to win what is going to be an ugly, rain-soaked game in a hostile environment in Palo Alto. If you're going to tonight's game (kick-off at 5 p.m. PT), bring your rain gear: the forecast in Palo Alto calls for rain throughout the evening. If you're watching from home, you'll catch the nationally televised action on Fox.

With that out of the way, let's turn to the various bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse:

Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites to get this Friday morning started. Fire away with your thoughts, comments, etc. in the open thread below.

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