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UCLA at Stanford First Half Game Thread

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Contenders or Pretenders? The Bruins will find out a lot about themselves in the next few hours.

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Standing at 5-0 and seated in the top ten for the first time in what feels like forever, UCLA has ridden flashes of brilliant play to put away everyone in their path thus far. What the Bruins haven't done yet is put together a complete game. With the 13th ranked Stanford Cardinal on deck, that's going to have to change if UCLA wants to stay unbeaten. The Cardinal will likely be angry and desperate to keep their lofty preseason expectations alive following their loss to Utah. It will go up in smoke for them with a second conference loss, so it'll be up to Coach Mora and our leaders on the field to weather the Stanford attack, manage the game intelligently and reduce mental errors (PENALTIES).

Most of all, this represents an opportunity for the Bruins. An opportunity to announce that we've truly arrived on the big stage. An opportunity to avenge last year's back to back losses to this team. An opportunity to show that UCLA now knows how to handle success. An opportunity to remain among the ranks of the undefeated and perhaps even start dreaming of something bigger.

Kickoff is 12:30 PM PDT with TV coverage on ABC/ESPN2. Radio is here, and our own game week coverage is all here.

GO BRUINS!