It's Saturday morning and the Bruins are gearing up for a fight for their season's survival - win and their thin chances at winning the Pac-12 South and appearing in the Pac-12 conference title game remain alive - lose and the Bruins' chances at anything more than a third-tier bowl become next-to-impossible. So far, the season has been an underwhelming expedition, but there's still a very small glimmer of hope.
The Bruins will need to come out strong against a Colorado program that has shown some flashes of big play potential - just like last week against the Berkeley Bears, the Bruins have the potential to be their own worst enemy. If UCLA can put together a strong first quarter and play sound fundamental football (read: no turnovers), and keep the pressure on, they should be able to come away with a comfortable win. But, if we've learned anything in the third year of the Jim Mora era in Westwood, nothing is for granted - these Bruins have proven time and time again that, despite all the talk of "culture change" and the "#BruinRevolution" that these guys are just as capable of playing down to their competition like they did under Dorrell and Neuheisel.
In any event, kick off is slated for 11 a.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network. If you need to get caught up to speed on our opponent, you can check out AHMB's excellent previews of the Colorado coaching staff and special teams, their offense, and their defense. Or you can hear what the guys over at Colorado's SBN site - The Ralphie Report - had to say about their team here. Finally, if you haven't chimed in Achilles' pregame guesses piece, you still have some time before kick-off.
It's a must-win for Jim Mora and the UCLA football team today. This is your UCLA at Colorado football open thread, so fire away int the comment thread with your thoughts, comments, and observations as we tune it to see our Bruins take on the Buffaloes.