UCLA was picked 1st in the P12 south. Is this mainly on the strength of the offense? The defense seems to have huge losses, even within one week. Are most media voters just ignoring the defensive weaknesses?
I don’t think question marks are isolated on defense; offensive line and running back are both unsettled, while the linebackers may be UCLA’s deepest unit.
I think UCLA was helped a lot because there’s still buzz after the surprise season last fall, and the feeling that the program is on an upward trajectory.