Football: Pac-10 ballot — No. 6

No. 6 UCLA: There are some who believe that the Bruins will be one of the most improved teams in the conference this year. We’re having trouble figuring out how they will be much different than last year. UCLA has a ton of questions on offense, with quarterback and the offensive line being the most uncertain. Kevin Prince hasn’t taken a live snap since the first game of his senior season of high school. And with a suspect offensive line, it’s hard to imagine much success in the passing game. Wide receiver Terrence Austin is a home run threat, but there’s not much else offensively that will alter a defensive coordinator’s game plan. UCLA once again has some pieces in place on defense, with outstanding defensive tackle Brian Price and cornerback Alterraun Verner. Korey Bosworth and Reggie Carter anchor a respectable linebacking corps. The Bruins finished in eighth place last season, so this projection has them improving incrementally. If they can find some instant contributors from a highly rated recruiting class, it could make an impact.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Pete Carroll

    JO –

    Ok, we’re back on track by picking UCLA to finish 6th. I have ASU flipped with Stanford because I think Ericsson can outcoach Jim Harbaugh.

    Arizona State – disagree
    UCLA – match
    Stanford – disagree
    Arizona – match
    Washington – match
    WSU – match

    Love the projections so far and appreciate the suspense.


  • abe

    ucla is the darkhorse folks and i wouldn’t be suprised if they finished as high as 3

  • covinared

    Even if we only win one game this year, let it be against these guys in Pasadena. The last time was the 17-0 game in ’99. Its about time for JT to win in LA.

  • AERose

    “We’re having trouble figuring out how they will be much different than last year.”

    The quarterback won’t throw 20 picks.

  • calbear

    MoreNCS – your prediction, do we beat UCLA?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    No! Your coach can’t win the games that matter. Under pressure he wilts.

  • iamalcindor

    Okanes Okanes…. I am going to laugh at you when pucla finishes much lower than you expected. Perhaps you should do some homework on pucla’s O-Line and QB situation. Remember, Walker is off to NMSU.

    Oh clueless Okanes, when will you learn?

  • Jethro

    Don’t make this more complicated than it should be. College teams have a tough time winning closely matched games on the road. UCLA plays its two main competitors, Stanfurd and Az, on the road. They will lose both.

    They play Cal, Wash, Oregon, and ASU at home. They win two of these games plus Wash St., for a 3-6 Pac-10 record and an 8th place finish.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    The only big win PUCLA will have this year is beating Cal State and Tedford down in Pasadena. Otherwise, #8 in the Pac 10 is guaranteed. Arizona is a much better team than PUCLA and Stanford will work them real good.

  • Davidson

    What does P in front of UCLA mean?

  • noduck

    Davidson- what do you say when something stinks?

  • BluenGold

    I thought it was supposed to be a take off on ‘puke’.

  • AMYthicalprogram

    It is whatever our troll thinks it is since he/she/it is the only one using the acronymn. I noticed in one post as iamalcindor he doesn’t capitalize it but as MoreN he does.

  • Larry

    I have a concern that UCLA might be this year’s trap game. When we beat U$C this year, we will have a bye week, then go to UCLA to play. We haven’t beaten UCLA in Pasadena on Tedford’s watch. I don’t think UCLA is better than us, but if there was ever a trap game, this is it! I hope I am absolutely wrong on this.

  • Tyler M.

    Does anyone remember Korey Bosworth from his freshman season? He met DeCoud head-on during one of Jackson’s punt returns and had a ton of trouble getting off the field.