After a long bye week, the #10 UCLA Bruins (3-0, 0-0) finally get back into game action against the defending Pac-12 South champion #12 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0, 1-0). You can catch the game on Fox Sports 1 at 7 PM PST, follow it here at the UCLA Athletics website or just enjoy it with all of us here in the open thread.
This is the Pac-12 opener for the Bruins and the Bruins 3rd road game of the season (great scheduling by the athletic department this season) after getting disappointingly narrow victories over Virginia, Memphis and Texas.
The Sun Devils tore through 0-4 Weber State of the Big Sky conference and the 1-3 New Mexico Lobos (who got their first win with a narrow 38-35 victory over New Mexico State last week) before running into a little trouble with the University of Colorado in their first Pac-12 game. The big story from that game wasn't that the Sun Devils pulled out a 38-24 victory, it was that the Sun Devils star senior QB Taylor Kelly suffered a broken bone in his foot. Kelly has roasted UCLA's defense the last two seasons (combined stats of 540 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns to 1 interception, 154 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground) and losing him changes the dynamic of the Arizona State Sun Devils offense drastically.
The UCLA Bruins have their own QB issue (though a number of people see it more as an attempt at a deception by Coach Jim Mora) with the questionable status of UCLA QB Brett Hundley. Hundley hyper extended his non-throwing elbow in the first quarter against Texas on UCLA's first scoring drive and did not return. He's been practicing all week with a brace, but Coach Mora closed practices entirely this week. The status of Hundley will be answered fairly shortly, but he has been listed as the starter in the released depth chart and has been seen warming up full speed in Tempe.
We will all find out soon enough, so let's finally get to football.
As always, Go Bruins!