This evening, the UCLA football team will look to become bowl eligible for the first time in the Chip Kelly era when they take on the Colorado Buffaloes at the Rose Bowl.
Colorado comes in as a team that is battling Arizona for the cellar in the Pac-12 South.
Of course, the Buffs are led by former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell. For anyone who has a short-term memory, Dorrell is the guy responsible for the creation of the old site we used to write for and, by extension, he is partly responsible for the eventual creation of The Mighty Bruin.
Until Chip Kelly, he was generally considered the worst football coach in UCLA history. Last year during the COVID-shortened season, Dorrell led the Buffs to a 4-2 mark.
Year Two under Dorrell has been rougher for Colorado. You could even call it Dorrellian since the Buffs are just 3-6, but things could be changing for the team after they managed to take Oregon State to overtime last week. Ultimately, the Buffs won the game in double overtime, 37-34.
So, Dorrell will hope that his team will. uild on that win.
Darrin Chiaverini is still the offensive coordinator for Colorado. This year, Dorrell has replaced his defensive coordinator. Tyson Summers is out and Chris Wilson was promoted from defensive line coach.
Freshman Cole Becker is the kicker for the Buffs. After missing a few field goal attempts to start the season, Becker has been pretty solid. He even made a 52-yarder last week against the Beavers.
Junior Josh Watts is a solid punter. He is averaging 41 yards per punt. Of his 51 punts, 22 have gone for more than 50 yards and his long is 64. He has put opponents inside the 20 on 13 of his punts.
Redshirt freshman La ‘Vontae Shenault is the younger brother of former Buffs receiver Laviska Shenault, Jr. He will return punts tonight. He has returned three so far this year for 38 yards.
Brenden Rice, the son of Jerry Rice and brother of former Bruin Jerry Rice, Jr., will return kickoffs for Colorado. He has returned all but one kickoff that Colorado didn't fair catch. He is averaging 28.6 yards per return and his long is 67.
Colorado will rely on the arm of freshman QB Brendon Lewis. Lewis is in his second season with the Buffaloes. He only saw action in the Alamo Bowl last season. He is completing almost 60% of his passes this season and is averaging 10.9 yards per completion.
Expect Colorado to attack the Bruin defense with short passes just like Oregon did.
Look for Lewis to target Rice frequently today, given that Rice has the most receptions on the team. Rice also leads the team with three receiving touchdowns.
Brady Russell is the second favorite target of Lewis. Russell has caught 15 balls for 204 yards.
But Lewis will likely spread the ball around. Four other Colorado receivers have made at least ten catches.
It looks like a possible recipe for the Bruin pass defense to make Lewis look like a Heisman candidate.
Colorado's leading rusher is Jarek Broussard. Broussard is averaging 4.47 yards per carry and just 56.7 yards per game. His 151 yards against Oregon State last week was his biggest game this season.
Colorado also likes it when Lewis uses his legs. As a result, he is second on the team I rushing yards with 281 yards gained. Unfortunately, he has also lost 138 yards, thanks to an offensive line which includes two sophomores and a freshman.
The Colorado defense seems to play right into UCLA's strengths. They are allowjbg an average of 177 yards per game on the ground and 231 through the air.
Look for linebacker Nate Landman to lead the Colorado defense. He leads the team in tackles with 71.
Colorado doesn't get very many sacks. Carson Wells leads the team with just three so far and the Buffs only have seven as a team.
Colorado has a plus-one turnover ratio and that's because the Buffs have intercepted five passes. While DB Isaish Lewis leads the team with two picks, linebacker Carson Wells did return his for the team's only pick six.
This game is another possible trap game. Colorado will cone into the Rose Bowl riding high after beating the Beavers last week. Meanwhile, the Bruins could get caught looking ahead to next week's game against Southern Cal.
If the defense doesn't improve today against Colorado's short passing game, it is very possible that the Bruins could lose another home game.This is your UCLA vs. Colorado game thread.
Here's how to watch tonight's game.
Opponent: Colorado Buffaloes (3-6, 2-4)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 11-5
When: 6:00 pm PT, Saturday, November 13, 2021
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and Yogi Roth
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Radio/Audio:AM 570/1160 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin, Matt Stevens and Wayne CookSatellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 113 & XM Ch. 198 (UCLA Call)
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
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