UCLA heads to Knoxville looking for respect, but who will rise to the occasion?
The UCLA Football Bruins are a joke… to many people in and out of Los Angeles. This weekend presents a chance to end that joke.
If the Bruins can travel to Neyland Stadium and win as a 7 1/2 point Underdog in front of 100,000+ screaming lunatics, it won’t be so easy to come up with anti-UCLA punchlines. Sure the Bruins beat Tennessee last year in O.T. at the Rose Bowl, but Tennesseee had a down year and are supposed to be “back” this season. They started the season for new Coach Lane Kiffin by destroying some patsy, a victory which has renewed the hopes of Vol fans.
Now the Vols have a stiffer challenge: Norm Chow (and Rick Neuheisel) against Lane Kiffin. Supposedly, the former trojan assistants are not the best of buddies, and will be hungry to show one another up. This is why, supposedly, that the Bruins didn’t reveal any trick plays last Saturday — To save them for the Volunteeers.
The coaching will be there for UCLA… the question is: Which player will step up? Freshman QB Kevin Prince? That’s asking a lot, so how about one of the three Tailbacks? Watch for one of them to have a breakout game, as the Tennessee D tries to rattle Prince, while forgetting how good the Bruin runners can be.
If UCLA can handle Tennessee, the Bruins would come back at home to play KSU, meaning that a 3-0 start could easily be in the offing. And if the victories are at all “convincing,” the Bruins might even find themselves (god forbid) RANKED.
And speaking of “rank,” the trojans play in Columbus on Saturday, against the highly-ranked Buckeyes. The trojans are favored by a Touchdown, but after seeing Ohio State BARELY beat Navy last week, you’ve GOT to think that sc will destroy OSU, just like they did last season. So go ahead, bite down hard, and GIVE THE POINTS.