Bruin fans, I hate to sound like a broken record, but be concerned. Be very, very concerned. For the second week in a row, UCLA takes on a top 25 team with a potential first round pick at quarterback. Case Keenum is a monster. He has lead the Cougars to a 2-0 start and is the triggerman for the most potent offense in the entire NCAA (61 points per game). He has already thrown for over 550 yards and 5 touchdowns in two games. However, the Cougars are no longer just a passing team. Enter running back Bryce Beal and company. Beal has single handedly has rushed for 243 yards and 5 scores on 24 carries, while his back up Michael Hayes has added 95 yards and 4 more touchdowns. Bruin defenders are having nightmares already.
After saying that the quarterback position was once again up for grabs, Rick Neuheisal later rescinded his statement and once again selected Kevin Prince to be his sacrificial lamb. Surprisingly, at a majority of schools, fans would be calling for the coach’s head after such a horrible start. UCLA fans, however are showing patience. I can already see the Bruins potentially losing this contest, especially if they cannot keep up with the high scoring Cougs and then falling at Texas. Will the fans remain calm if this happens?
UCLA needs to control the clock and use their running game. It has been the lone bright spot on offense, and by doing this, it limits the number of opportunities Houston has to score. The Bruins are 102nd in the nation in points allowed (33.0 ppg) and is 115th in points scored (11.0). Both numbers spell trouble.
This will be a key showcase game for Keenum in his quest for the Heisman and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is allowed to put up video game type numbers against a porous defense. Houston wins, big!
Sorry Bruin fans.
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Written by Sergio Paredes
Sergio Paredes is a Sports Information Director for a K-12 school in Los Angeles, California. An avid football, basketball and baseball fan, he enjoys following the Texas Longhorns, Oregon State Beavers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays.