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Bruin Bites: Rise and Shine, UCLA Football is Around the Corner

UCLA plays an early game (at least by West Coast standards) today in Boulder. Here are some last minute tidbits, and a look at other games around the country sharing (more or less) the same time slot.

Brett Hundley shares his joy with the six Colorado fans still in attendance at the end of the UCLA 42-14 victory in 2012
Brett Hundley shares his joy with the six Colorado fans still in attendance at the end of the UCLA 42-14 victory in 2012

First, in case you missed it, Oregon rolled to a 59-41 win over UC Berkeley last night, in the Ducks' first of two visits to Levi's Stadium this season. They will almost assuredly return on December 5 for the championship game.

Will their opponent be Colorado, today's foe for UCLA? NO. With four losses in four conference games, the Buffs are done. Will the Ducks' opponent be UCLA? MAYBE. But a loss today would end any hopes of winning the Pac-12 South, any hopes of playing in a meaningful January bowl game, and any hopes of having another revenue sport to distract us from TIARA's "program".

Chris Foster has a preview in the Los Angeles Times of today's contest. Foster also has an interesting take on the season so far. Here we thought the Bruins were underachieving. It turns out, per this article, that the Bruins have been focusing on building character, which you apparently don't do if you beat opponents as you should. Oregon is clearly missing the boat with their approach of beating teams handily.

Jack Wang has an article in the Daily News, about the likely increased exposure for Mossi Johnson today. Johnson showed what he could do on special teams last week in Berkeley with a very nice return. And with Thomas Duarte probably playing less today, that should mean more opportunity for Johnson as a go-to target for Brett Hundley.

Our esteemed offensive coordinator, Nel Mazzne, clearly brings an analytical approach to how best to use his players, as evidenced by this quote from the Wang article-

Mazzone said there isn’t a particular reason that Johnson didn’t play more — just that he got lost a bit on the depth chart.

I feel better now. It's not like UCLA has preseason camp or daily practices to know why particular players don't play more. They just get lost.

Anyway, today is a must-win and a should-win for the Bruins. Game time is 11 am, Pacific, on the Pac-12 Network.

Elsewhere around the country, here are the games which will be taking place before or concurrently with the UCLA game.

Time Road Home TV Streaming
Noon ET Texas No. 11 Kansas State ESPN
Noon ET Rutgers No. 16 Nebraska ESPN2
Noon ET UAB Arkansas SEC Network
Noon ET Minnesota Illinois ESPNU
Noon ET North Texas Rice FSN, ROOT
Noon ET Memphis SMU ESPNews
Noon ET Maryland Wisconsin Big Ten Network
12:30 p.m. ET North Carolina Virginia ACC Network
1 p.m. ET Northern Illinois Eastern Michigan
1 p.m. ET San Jose State Navy CBSSN
2 p.m. ET No. 25 UCLA Colorado Pac-12 Network
2 p.m. ET Akron Ball State
2 p.m. ET Georgia Southern Georgia State
2 p.m. ET Massachusetts Toledo
2 p.m. ET Ohio Western Michigan
2:30 p.m. ET Kent State Miami (Ohio)
3:30 p.m. ET No. 1 Mississippi State Kentucky CBS
3:30 p.m. ET No. 22 West Virginia Oklahoma State ESPN
3:30 p.m. ET Texas Tech No. 10 TCU FOX
3:30 p.m. ET Florida Atlantic No. 23 Marshall FS1
3:30 p.m. ET Michigan No. 8 Michigan State ABC
3:30 p.m. ET Central Michigan Buffalo
3:30 p.m. ET Georgia Tech Pittsburgh ESPNU
3:30 p.m. ET Louisiana Tech Southern Miss ASN, CSN
3:30 p.m. ET Oregon State Stanford ESPN2
3:30 p.m. ET Boston College Wake Forest RSN, ROOT
4 p.m. ET Vanderbilt Missouri SEC Network
4 p.m. ET UNLV Utah State ESPNews
4 p.m. ET Old Dominion Western Kentucky

There are no barn burners here, but there are some matchups involving likely January bowl participants- including a Big 12 matchup with  Kansas State hosting Texas, #1 Mississippi State visiting Kentucky in an SEC matchup, current Big 10 frontrunner Michigan State hosting Michigan, and TCU hosting Texas Tech in another Big 12 matchup with national implications.

Fire away with your thoughts and observations on the UCLA game, and the other games around the country in the early time slots.