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Bruin Bites: UCLA-Colorado Game Day Notes and CFB Morning Open Thread

It's Saturday morning, which means we're just hours away from our Bruins hitting the field at the Rose Bowl against the hapless Colorado Buffaloes. New head coach Mike MacIntyre has Colorado heading in the right direction, but the conference bottom-dwellers should still make for easy fodder for Jim Mora's high-powered Bruins, if the offense doesn't get #Mazzoned in the process.

Let's hope we see a lot of #1 celebrating in the end zone today.
Let's hope we see a lot of #1 celebrating in the end zone today.
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It's been a long two weeks for UCLA football fans.  Two huge games, two chances to prove that UCLA had arrived back among college football's elite, and two demoralizing losses later, UCLA returns home to the Rose Bowl against Colorado.  This game could not be more different than last week's: instead of facing Marcus Mariota and the high-flying #2-ranked Oregon Ducks' offense at Autzen Stadium, the Bruins get true freshman QB Sefo Liufau (a mid-season replacement for displaced starter Connor Wood) and Colorado's struggling offensive unit.

So, let's get to the game: kick-off is set for 4:30 p.m. PT at the Rose Bowl, so if you're in the greater Los Angeles area, you have no excuse not to be there on what is expected to be a sunny (76 to 79 degrees) afternoon in Pasadena.  For those of you unable to make it down to the ol' Arroyo Seco, the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

And let's take a look at the bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse as we get ready for what is hopefully a huge bounce-back blowout victory over Colorado:

Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites for this game day morning.  This is your open thread for all of the college football action out there this morning.  Stay tuned for the game thread, which should go live shortly before kick-off at the Rose Bowl.  Fire away with your takes, thoughts, etc. in the open thread.

Let's get it done today.