The Bears still have their game against Utah tomorrow, but when they visit the Rose Bowl next Saturday, they will face a reeling UCLA team.
Already in shambles after last night’s 48-12 loss at Arizona, the Bruins had six players suspended for the game against Cal for their roles in the bench-clearing brawl that took place just before halftime.
Included in those suspensions are two starters — wide receiver Shaq Evans and defensive tackle Cassius Marsh. Tyler Embree and Randall Carroll, who are listed on the Bruins’ two-deep as backup receivers, are also out.
UCLA’s passing game figures to take a significant hit with the losses, meaning Cal may be able to focus more on stopping the Bruins’ running game, which is usually formidable with the tandem of Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman. The Bears are already pretty good at stopping the run, and these developments could make them even more effective.