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Bruin Bites: UCLA vs. Rice Game Day Edition

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That's right folks, today is finally the day: our Bruins return to the football field as college football finally returns. While the Old Ball Coach and his Gamecocks are slated to get the first action in, starting at 4 p.m. PST on ESPN, our Bruins will follow right after, with kick-off against Rice set for 4:30 p.m. PST on the CBS Sports Network. You can feel the excitement for the return of college football, as well as the hopeful excitement surrounding Jim Mora and this program. But before we get too carried away, remember that Rick Neuheisel started his tenure with an upset victory over #18-ranked Tennessee in his first game at the helm in Westwood. So, while a win will get everyone fired up tonight, remember to keep it in perspective: it's one win. And it'd be a win over a hapless Rice program.

That said, it's safe to say we're all stoked for the return of college football, so let's turn to the various bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse to kick-off our college football season:

Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites to get this Thursday college football kick-off day started. We are now just nine-and-a-half hours away from the return of UCLA football. Get fired up and fire away with your thoughts, comments, etc. in the open thread below.