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The Bruins do not play today. In the meantime, sit down, relax, and enjoy some other college football games with the rest of the Bruins Nation community.

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As Morpheus said to Neo in the distopian science fiction epic of 1999, "Welcome to the desert of the real."

And, is there really a better way to say it? You may think this is merely bitter rumblings after a troubling loss Thursday night, but as the discussions have shown, this is exactly the mood of Bruins Nation. Like Neo, we are incredulous, and shocked into a lack of words. Actually, scratch that. As, the discussions have also shown, we have more than enough words to describe the post apocalyptic wasteland that is UCLA Football. Many of us have already climbed out of the chair and vomited onto the ground, because after all, the first time is hard for most people. Unfortunately, like Cipher, some have looked around, preferred the warm embrace of the old lie that is the Matrix, and are even now asking to be put back to sleep, so they don't have to think about the harsh realities of living with the awful truth.



I don't blame them. But, I can't do it. There is an old Mexican proverb that says, "That which has no remedy, must be endured." There is of course a remedy, but it lies in the hands of the one person who has repeatedly shown an unwillingness to do what is necessary; and an inability to do the job right: Apathetic Director Dan Guerrero. It seems, in purely my opinion, that we must continue to endure the Jim Mora era at UCLA, lest we be punished with a football equivalent of Steve Alford.

With that in mind, let's turn away for a day from the reality of our wretched existence and take a look around the College Football landscape for examples of what quality programs truly look like.

No. 17 Iowa at No. 20 Northwestern, 9:00am - ABC

~ Northwestern beat Stanford! So, we know it's possible. Iowa is undefeated! What else do you need to know?

No. 13 Mississippi at Memphis, 9:00am - ABC regional/ESPN2

~ Memphis has a coach that 'gets it.' Mississippi is a region of the country that 'gets it.' Fireworks, right?

No. 7 Michigan St. at No. 12 Michigan, 12:30pm - ESPN

~ This has to be the game of the week if not month. MSU is the little engine that could. It's done what we could only wish to accomplish when their rival was down. Now, that rival, Big Blue is rolling. And, within one season!! Further proof that it CAN happen. Programs CAN elevate themselves with one smart hire.

No. 10 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M, 12:30pm - CBS

~ Alabama has been the bully of College Football ever since Nick Satan Arrived. Texas A&M is another program that never really got any respect. Until it moved to the SEC and beat Alabama. And, the A&M crowd 'gets it,' they can show us what a true home field advantage can look like.

No. 8 Florida at No. 6 LSU, 4:00pm - ESPN

~ Both teams have won National Championships in the BCS era. Both have gone down on their luck since then. Both are back. Having standards can make a difference.

Southern Cal at No. 14 Notre Dame, 4:30pm - NBC

~ As much as we hate them, we can learn a thing or two by how fast SC pulled the hook on Kiffin, and Sarkisian. They're facing their bitter rivals which should also bring out there best. Another thing we could learn from them. Or, maybe someone needs to notify our coaches that Stanford is one of our rivals?

Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State, 5:00pm - ABC

~ Penn State has a solid defense. Ohio State has finally figured out their offense. I don't know what we're doing in either. Sadly, our coaches don't either.

ASU at No. 4 Utah, 7:00pm - ESPN

~ We got stomped by ASU. We will eventually play Utah. There is nothing we can learn by watching this game. Watch it anyway.

Enjoy your games, everyone and if so inclined, take a look around our SBN sister sites.

Sat, Oct 17, 2015
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Western Michigan at Ohio
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Eastern Michigan at (22) Toledo
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South Florida at Connecticut
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Tulsa at East Carolina
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Purdue at Wisconsin
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Marshall at Florida Atlantic
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FIU at Middle Tennessee
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Texas Tech at Kansas
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Bucknell at Army
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West Virginia at (2) Baylor
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(17) Iowa at (20) Northwestern
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(13) Mississippi at Memphis
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Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State
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Louisville at (11) Florida State
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Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech
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Buffalo at Central Michigan
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Northern Illinois at Miami (OH)
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Akron at Bowling Green
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Georgia State at Ball State
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Kent State at Massachusetts
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Air Force at Colorado State
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Idaho at Troy
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Virginia Tech at Miami (FL)
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(10) Alabama at (9) Texas A&M
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Syracuse at Virginia
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(19) Oklahoma at Kansas State
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Rutgers at Indiana
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(7) Michigan State at (12) Michigan
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Nebraska at Minnesota
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Charlotte at Old Dominion
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Vanderbilt at South Carolina
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Oregon State at Washington State
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Nevada at Wyoming
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New Mexico State at Georgia Southern
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Appalachian State at Louisiana-Monroe
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Hawaii at New Mexico
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(8) Florida at (6) LSU
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Wake Forest at North Carolina
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Boston College at (5) Clemson
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Texas-San Antonio at Southern Miss
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(3) TCU at Iowa State
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UCF at Temple
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USC at (14) Notre Dame
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Missouri at Georgia
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Penn State at (1) Ohio State
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Arizona at Colorado
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Arizona State at (4) Utah
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Oregon at Washington
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San Diego State at San Jose State


The Bruins do not play today. In the meantime, sit down, relax, and enjoy some other college football games with the rest of the Bruins Nation community.