It’s strange to come out of any loss with a sense of hope, but following last week’s loss to the Washington Huskies, the UCLA Bruins suddenly seem to be a team with a new lease on life. They’re still in search of their first win, which makes the upcoming game against the UC Berkeley Golden Bears all that more important. While a bowl game is still (technically) in reach, the Bruins are very much in the development phase of the process, and showing growth from the previous game may be the most important outcome.
That said, this is still a rivalry game, and one the Bruins would love to win, especially with so many of the players on the team returning to Northern California where they played high school football. The game against UC Berkeley may not have the same animosity that the annual rivalry with Southern Cal possesses, but it can be just as intense.
Let’s look at the Keys to the Game.
Keys to the Game
- Continued Progress. UCLA has been in this position before - the Bruins had an encouraging performance on the road against the Oklahoma Sooners, only to subsequently faceplant against the Fresno State Bulldogs. So, for the Bruins to have a chance in this game, they need to continue the positive momentum they just built for a second consecutive week.
- Containing the quarterback. The Bruins have struggled this year against mobile quarterbacks. Wait, let me rephrase that: the Bruins have struggled against any quarterback willing to run when the moment presents itself. The Golden Bears should be trotting out a new quarterback who is adept at running, so the UCLA defense will need to execute a solid game plan and show they can handle a quarterback who gets outside of the pocket.
- Play 4 Quarters. One of the problems UCLA has had this season is an inability to play all four quarters. This has usually manifested itself in a second half where both sides of the ball absolutely collapse and let an opponent run away with the game. For UCLA to win this game, they need to prove they can play a complete game for 60 minutes.
Here’s how to watch, listen and stream this week’s game.
How To Watch, Listen, Stream and More
- Saturday, October 13, 2018, 4:00 pm PT
- California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
- Pac-12 Network with Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, and Jill Savage
- 570 AM/1150 AM in Los Angeles and 97.3 FM in San Diego with Josh Lewin, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook
- Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 146 & XM Channel 198 (UCLA Call)
- And, of course, the Bruins Nation Game Thread!!!
- Pac-12.com/live and the Pac-12 Network app