What is your score prediction?
Here is mine: I would love to embrace the story line of Jaxson Dart inspiring his teammates to a victory in his first career start.
But that requires me to forget Todd Orlando, Donte Williams and the general malaise of the defense is so many games this season, especially at the Coliseum.
I have to include the players too. How can veterans like Isaiah Pola-Mao be worse? Where is Drake Jackson most of the time?
And looking at younger players, how does Korey Foreman justify his season? When will the writers who did puff pieces on Foreman and his “brand” come back and say they should have focused on his on-field effort?
Finally, will there be a crowd to cheer on this team?
Chip Kelly might be a stubborn, past-his-prime, prickly clown with a horrible defensive coordinator but UCLA has to know this is its chance to get a rare victory (lately) against its rival.
I think UCLA has a better sense of purpose, which isn’t saying much between these teams.
So with all that, I’m taking UCLA, 35-28.
Who do you like?