Pictured are Utah quarterback Cameron Rising (left) and UCLA redshirt senior linebacker Darius Muasau (right). (Photos by (left to right): Jason Zhu/Daily Bruin staff, Kyle Kotanchek/Daily Bruin senior staff. Photo illustration by Helen Quach/Design director)
Prediction: UCLA 35, Utah 31
I watched this matchup two years ago from the Mighty Utah Student Section – also known as the MUSS – and somewhere along the way ended up with nacho cheese in the hood of my jacket.
UCLA’s 2022 victory over Utah stood out as a climactic moment for the program a year ago.
The Bruins entered the contest as the underdog, ranked seven slots below their counterpart, and emerged not only victorious, but boasting a top-10 ranking after the following bye week – tied for their highest of the year.
This week is about uncertainty at quarterback.
It’s a challenge that both No. 22 UCLA football and No. 11 Utah are facing in the days leading up to their showdown Saturday, albeit for drastically different reasons.
No. 22 UCLA football (3-0) is opening Pac-12 play at Rice-Eccles Stadium against No. 11 Utah (3-0). The Bruins will have the chance to win in Salt Lake City for the first time since 2015, while the Utes will be chasing down revenge after losing at the Rose Bowl last season.
This post was updated Sept. 21 at 9:40 p.m.
Editor’s note: This article mentions football players’ weight strategies and dietary habits.
Anthony Adkins was a virtual unknown when he transferred to UCLA from Army.
Prediction: UCLA 43, North Carolina Central 7
I have always loved patterns – making them, finding them, whatever it may be.
Growing up, my mom would make patterns out of the sugar packets on tables at restaurants and have me figure out what would come next in the sequence as a way of keeping me occupied while waiting for food – and doing a little bit of learning in the process.
No. 24 UCLA football (2-0) is welcoming a historically Black university for the second time in as many seasons when North Carolina Central (2-0) comes to the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
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