We’re back — we’re here — we’re in Westwood.
The UCLA Bruins welcome the California Golden Bears on Sunday, instead of the originally scheduled matchup between UCLA and the Utah Utes. The Utes were unable to make the trip to California after their COVID-19 outbreak left them without the requisite number of scholarship student-athletes under the COVID-19 protocols set in place before the season. Utah has now cancelled two games in a row.
The Cal Bears had their first game canceled last week as well as they had their own COVID-19 outbreak but all accounts point to them being a full team ready to go.
After much speculation left the game with Utah in doubt from as early as Monday of this week, it was a rare sight to see the Pac-12 work in such swift manner to get all the moving pieces in order to make this game even happen. UCLA gets the benefit of the doubt of not having to travel but the Bears are a talented team from the Pac-12 North and don’t lose too much on the offensive side of the ball.
Cal should be considered a much better team offensively than the Colorado team that UCLA faced last week, as well as a much better defense. It should be hard to defeat this well-coached team in the ways they were able to win against Colorado, as most of UCLA’s success last week came in blown coverages or lapses in run defense.
Cal won’t let those happen, and win, despite everything they’ve had to go through. And as such: Chip Kelly’s seat gets hotter.
How to watch
Venue: Spieker Field at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Kickoff time: Sunday, November 15, 2020, 9:00 am PT
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: AM 570 (Josh Lewin, play-by-play; Matt Stevens, analyst; Wayne Cook, reporter); XM Channel 198, Internet 960