Believe it or not, football season officially kicks off today for the 2022 UCLA Bruins. It’s been a year of change for the Bruins, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Worst Defensive Coordinator on the Planet™ — Jerry Azzinaro — is gone and he has been replaced by Bill McGovern. Will it matter? Probably not today. Will this year’s team be any better than last year’s squad? Ask me after Week 6. Of course, if the Bruins stumble out of the gate, Chip Kelly’s seat will get hotter than the paved parking lots outside the stadium today.
Speaking of heat, let’s look at the game time weather forecast.
Today’s game will likely be the hottest game the Bruins have played in a long time.
There was one game back when my wife and I were still sitting in section 2 which was the “Young Alumni” section back then. That game still sticks out as the hottest game we’ve ever been to. Fans were quite literally getting ice from the concession stands by any means necessary. IIRC, I think it was the Michigan game on September 16, 2000. Temperatures broke 100° at nearby Bob Hope Airport for most of the day. So, I think that was it.
I’m personally expecting today’s game to be worse than that.
Personally, I do find it a little amusing that, for years, fans moaned about 7 pm start times. Then, when the Pac-12 Network gives us an 11:30 am kickoff, what are UCLA fans doing? Of course, they’re moaning that the game should be played later.
Expect it to be a downright balmy 96° and it will feel like it’s 98°. Conveniently, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has arranged for this game to be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. Why? So as not to ruin Pasadena’s reputation for being a pleasant place to live, of course! The temperature will climb to about the century mark at halftime and it should stay in the triple digits for the entire second half.
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TuneIn.com now has UCLA’s football games listed as “premium” content. So, rather than using TuneIn, you can just listen through the official website like we have done with the small sports for a long time in order to listen to Josh Lewin and Matt Stevens call today’s game instead of UC Berkeley grad Roxy Bernstein and Lincoln Kennedy. So, it’s probably worth it to turn the sound off. If you do prefer UCLA’s radio team, be sure to right-click on it so that you can open up another tab and have it going while you chat in the comments below. Listen to today’s game online.
In the meantime, here’s how to watch today’s game:
Opponent: Bowling Green Falcons (2022: 0-0, Last season: 4-8)
Series Record: First meeting
When: 11:30 am PT, Saturday, September 3, 2022
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks National and Los Angeles with Roxy Bernstein and Lincoln Kennedy
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Radio/Audio:AM 1150 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin, Matt Stevens and Wayne CookSatellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 85 (UCLA Call) & XM Ch. 198 (UCLA Call)
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
Game Notes:UCLABowling Green
Rebroadcast (All times PT):Sunday, 9/4 at 12:00 Midnight on Pac-12 Los AngelesSunday, 9/4 at 11:00 am on Pac-12 Los AngelesMonday, 9/5 at 6:00 am on Pac-12 Los AngelesMonday, 9/5 at 6:00 pm on Pac-12 National (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Monday, 9/5 at 6:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Monday, 9/5 at 10:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Tuesday, 9/6 at 1:00 am Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Tuesday, 9/6 at 3:00 am Pac-12 National (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Tuesday, 9/6 at 4:00 am Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Tuesday, 9/6 at 6:00 am Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Tuesday, 9/6 at 1:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Tuesday, 9/6 at 6:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Tuesday, 9/6 at 9:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Wednesday, 9/7 at 6:00 am Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Wednesday, 9/7 at 6:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Wednesday, 9/7 at 7:30 pm Pac-12 National (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Wednesday, 9/7 at 10:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Thursday, 9/8 at 8:00 am Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Thursday, 9/8 at 4:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Thursday, 9/8 at 8:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Friday, 9/9 at 9:30 am Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Friday, 9/9 at 6:00 pm Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
Saturday, 9/10 at 6:00 am Pac-12 Los Angeles (Pac-12 Football in 60)
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I survived the Michigan game. I will survive this.
Bruins will get the ball to start. LFG!!!
And...not a great first series.
Guess that was one way to keep our defense off the field
Aha, that's nice. DTR is faster than these guys. I predict a 150yd game for him.
What’s the over/under?
Not loving our OL so far. Thank goodness for a super senior QB with wheels
The Murphy Era begins
Missed blitz. Can't let DTR get hit like that.
As a Rams fan, it's so weird to hear the name Deacon Jones!
Kinda sad that special teams just as terrible as last year
No excuse for that pass. None.
That was ugly
OMG he was soooo wide open! Good thing their QB way overthrew him smdh
Did I mention how terrible special teams STILL are??
Maybe they’re just rusty, but UCLA is not looking convincing. O line not great, coverage still suspect, and doesn’t really seem like they’re getting pressure on the QB.
Good lord. Just a comedy of errors.
Unspecial teams are still here
Same ol’ same ol’
At least rush D looking good. Only around 6 yds rushing for Bowling Green so far
Can we take a mulligan?
It’s impossible to stream this game.
Lots of quick passes to beat the pass rush
DTR's legs: good. DTR's arm and brain: meh.
OL overwhelmed again. Sigh.
Who had BG leading UCLA at end of the 1rst quarter?
On track to gain 600 yards... and lose to an inferior team. Ah, the joy of Bruin football in the 21st century.
Still need to find some kind of pass rush
We have basically 4 turnovers so far, but they are of 4 different types so at least we aren't a one trick pony.
Well, that was a disaster of a first quarter.
Basketball season please….
Looks like there are at least 1,000 people in the RB.
Wow... down 10 beginning second quarter.. we really dug a hole for us.
Hmm. O Line barely playing. D with the infamous arm tackling. Yikes.
That was a really well designed play. The wide action left the middle wide open and their OLine was ready to roll
P12 Network trolling us with *$c highlights in the commercial breaks.
Scary to think that had it not been for a fluky broken play, Bruins might not have any points at all right now.
DTR nice throw to Bobo for a first
Good protection and a good pass. How about that.
Nice run, son!
We need to finish this drive in the end zone; FG just won't do it.
Typical first game under Chip Kelly.