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UCLA Football: Stanford Post-Game Roundtable

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The writers and editors of Bruins Nation discuss UCLA’s 58-34 defeat at the hands of the Cardinal.

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  1. Let’s be honest: how many of you actually thought this would be the year the streak ended?

AnteatersandBruins: That would not be me. Honestly, we’ve wasted so much time and talent on this team it’s disgusting. You mean to tell me you can’t beat Stanford’s back up (or even the back up to the back up) with one of the best quarterbacks in the country? Come on.

Markybcool: I was a little more optimistic since this Stanford team is just not that good, but unfortunately, neither are we right now.

Dimitri Dorlis: Hello, it is me, the person dumb enough to keep letting UCLA hurt me.

2. I’m a big fan of creative writing exercises, so let’s do a quick one right here. Give me a metaphor to describe Jim Mora and David Shaw’s relationship.

AnteatersandBruins: Charlie Brown and Lucy. Every year, Lucy pulls out the football and Charlie never learns.

Markybcool: “I’m in love. I’m all shook up.” Mora has been in love with what Stanford has done through the years, and each time he plays them he’s all shook it up.

Dimitri Dorlis: Do you all know the story of Sisyphus? It’s the Greek legend of a king who was forced to roll a boulder uphill, only to watch it roll back downhill when he got close to the top. Sisyphus was forced to endure that punishment for the rest of eternity. That’s pretty similar to Mora and Shaw; Mora tries, every year, to roll that boulder up the hill and get a win over Stanford, and every year the boulder rolls right back down, making the whole endeavor pointless.

3. Anyone want to talk about any positives from this game? Just go ahead and do that here.

AnteatersandBruins: My brother in law brought over some really good pizza.

Markybcool: I still think it’s been incredibly enjoyable to watch Josh Rosen play this year. I was excited to see what step he would take this year, and I think that he has taken a huge step. He still has the Brett Favre “thing” in him; the thing in which he would rather force throws in order to make things happen, but eventually he’ll grow out of it just like Favre did...right?

Dimitri Dorlis: Did you know Soso Jamabo ran for over 100 yards? It’s true! He’s the first UCLA running back to do so since Paul Perkins in 2015. He also only got to run the ball 12 times, which makes it even more impressive to me.

4. Because I need to pad this thing out a bit more, here’s a fun hypothetical. If you were the defensive coordinator, what changes would you make to fix the defense? Bringing back last year’s players is not an acceptable answer.

AnteatersandBruins: I think I said this before--some people need a lesson in tackling. How can running back after running back break two, three, and four tackles? Receivers are increasing their YAR averages when they play us because we simply can’t tackle. Get back to basics.

Markybcool: This defense is what it is, undersized, and steeped in poor fundamentals so far. That’s a horrible combination. Size and speed can’t be fixed, so schemes have to change. They need to blitz more on runs and passes, but you live by the blitz and die by the blitz...so we would probably die.

Dimitri Dorlis: At this point, the offense is the strength of the team, so it should be paired with a hyper-aggressive, attacking defense. Yes, using that type of defense can leave you vulnerable to giving up long plays, but the current conservative defense already gives up a ton of long plays as it is, so the only real change would be that there’s more of an opportunity to create negative plays. It’s such a simple switch. I have no idea why Tom Bradley gets paid what he does when I give out the easy answers for free.

5. The Extra Point - Sound off!

AnteatersandBruins: This season is looking so bad I actually miss LaVar Ball.

Markybcool: I guess when you realistically look at this team and how young they are; they’re performing where many thought that they would perform. However, we all agreed at the start of the year that Mora and his staff needed to coach them up to exceed expectations and that clearly hasn’t happened by a longshot.

Dimitri Dorlis: I hope you all are enjoying Jedd Fisch as offensive coordinator this season, because I see almost 0 scenario where he is here next year.