2019 Football Preview – PAC 12- Bruins
Looking for 2019 UCLA Bruins Irish predictions? The Fighting Irish endured a very brutal 2015. One filled with many injuries saw them stumble to their 3 toughest opponents on the schedule in Clemson, Stanford, and Ohio State in their bowl game. Now, the Irish are poised for a run in 2019 as they try to vie for a Playoff spot.
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2019-19 College Football Preview – UCLA Bruins
Head Coach: Chip Kelly
2018 Record: 309
UCLA Bruins Odds to win the 2019 FBS Championship: 300/1
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The PAC 12 is not a great league in terms of the very top but it is a tough league if you are not very good, as UCLA discovered last year. They might be in for another season of learning that lesson.
2019 UCLA Bruins Predictions: Team Strengths
Starting on the Ground: The strength of any Kelly team has been the ground game. It seemed towards the end of last season they were finally getting that going.
Joshua Kelley ran for almost 300 yards against USC last season and over the final quarter of the season the Bruins were lethal on the ground.
UCLA also has close to 75% of its start returning on the offensive line so continuity should be good.
Similarly better quarterback play will only help the running game be that much more explosive. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is being pushed and that is a good thing.
D Line: UCLA has a lot of returning talent up front on defense.
I am not sure they are ready to rival some of the great defensive lines of the SEC but they have some really big guy who are also great athletes. Maybe the best defensive line in the PAC 12.
If things work out the way they want they will be able to come at opponents in waves too. That will really help them become a more dominant defensive team. It is also a part of Kelly’s MO, to have depth and keep guys fresh.
2019 UCLA Bruins Predictions: Team Weaknesses
You Gotta Have One?: There is still not certainty at the quarterback position. No good teams is unsettled at that spot no matter how much depth you have.
DTR is a very gifted player but the fact that UCLA is not all in at this point in his career tells you that Kelly and his staff want a little something more from the position.
The one thing they do have is a lot of ways to go instead of a group of players that only offer the same thing.
The offensive line is the part of the team that has to click this season.
Last year they had success running the ball late but they lost a lineman to the Draft (sort of) and are moving things around to try and get the best unit out there.
Chip Kelly is known for wanting to play at breakneck speed but he can’t do it unless the offensive line is ready to do so, physically and mentally.
UCLA Bruins Prediction: 3-9
As you can tell from the prediction above I am not very bullish on UCLA this season.
Also, this is a really tough schedule that might not see them get a win until hapless Oregon State comes to LA. The only other games I am conceding as possibles are home dates against Cal and Colorado.
All of their road opponents should be in bowl games and ditto for all of their nonconference foes too. San Diego State usually knocks off one PAC 12 team per season and this year it might not even be an upset if they topple the Bruins. .
There might be improvement throughout the season but it is not going to be observable in the standings.
2019 UCLA Bruins Football Schedule
Date Time vs
- 8/29/19 7:00 PM ET @CIN
- 9/7/19 TBD SDSU
- 9/14/19 TBD OKLA
- 9/21/19 TBD @WSU
- 9/28/19 TBD @ARIZ
- 10/5/19 TBD ORST
- 10/17/19 TBD @STAN
- 10/26/19 TBD ASU
- 11/2/19 TBD COLO
- 11/16/19 TBD @UTAH
- 11/23/19 TBD @USC
- 11/30/19 TBD CAL
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