After brutal 2013 slate, UCLA gets favorable 2014 schedule

After hammering UCLA in 2012, the shadowy figures in charge of Pac-12 scheduling smiled on the Bruins this year.

UCLA’s 2014 slate sets the team up well as a heavy division favorite. Rather than the brutal back-to-back Oregon and Stanford trips it took last fall, the Bruins get to visit Cal (Oct. 18) right before it heads to Colorado (Oct. 25), balancing any road weariness with matchups against the conference’s two lowliest teams.

A timely bye also breaks up a tough end to the season. After traveling to Washington on Nov. 8, the Bruins will get a week off before hosting USC on Nov. 22 and Stanford on Nov. 28. The Friday night kickoff against the Cardinal does shorten UCLA’s preparation time for what could be its most crucial game.

If both the Bruins and Stanford win their respective divisions, they will play each other twice in a row — echoing a 2012 scenario that featured this thrilling press conference.

Check out the full 2014 schedule below:

Sat, Aug. 30: UCLA at Virginia
Sat, Sept. 6: Memphis at UCLA
Sat, Sept. 13: UCLA vs. Texas (AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)
Sat, Sept. 20: BYE
Thurs, Sept. 25: UCLA at Arizona State
Sat, Oct. 4: Utah at UCLA
Sat, Oct. 11: Oregon at UCLA
Sat, Oct. 18: UCLA at Cal
Sat, Oct. 25: UCLA at Colorado
Sat, Nov. 1: Arizona at UCLA (Homecoming)
Sat, Nov. 8: UCLA at Washington
Sat, Nov. 15: BYE
Sat, Nov. 22: USC at UCLA
Fri, Nov. 28: Stanford at UCLA
Fri, Dec. 5: Pac-12 Championship

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  • Joe Blow

    Talk about a cream puff schedule. NOT 1 Ranked non conference game. Wow. What a joke. Will really be another DISASTER when you don’t go to the playoffs or win the Heisman. OUCH.

    • HeySuxx

      Joey just pulled his thumb out.

      • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

        Joe doesn’t know how to make friends; the closest he can get is calling people names and fantasizing about raping their wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers.

        As desperate as he is for even negative attention, if you don’t feed the troll, maybe it will go away.

        • Joe Blow

          Not on your life. Love Santy

          • Erik Dudley

            No, dogs don’t get near Joe. Dogs are smarter than that.

          • The EDGE

            Maybe, and I’m quilty, if no one replies to our resident agitator (jb), eventually he SHOULD get bored and GO AWAY!

            I take that back. I usually find him immature, amusing and a reason to read the comments. To quote joe below zzzzzzzzzzz

        • anno nimus

          all the fantasizing while he’s sexually abusing his dog.

    • Erik Dudley

      Hey Joe. I didn’t realize the 2014 rankings were out Where did you find those?

    • SoundsLikeBoom

      Agree. SUC schedule is cream puff. No washington or oregon. But SC still loses 5 games next year. Sad.

      • Joe Blow

        Well, the two years you didn’t play them you went 9-4 & 6-7. Hmmm. VERY impressive.

        • SoundsLikeBoom

          Doubt SC does better than 9-4.

          • Joe Blow

            Dopey, we AREN’T talking about SC. This is a ucla blog.

          • SoundsLikeBoom

            Minimum 5 losses for the trojans next year!!!! Including another spanking by the bruins. I know thats gotta hurt.

          • jameskatt

            Why do you keep harping about USC, Joe?

  • HeySuxx

    Looks like great schedule to me. Can’t wait for the 2014 season.

  • Marc

    Just two years ago, UCLA played Stanford at home to close the season and then played them the following week for the championship. The conference said they would do everything in their power to ensure that something like that doesn’t happen again. Um, yeah right!

    • Joe Blow

      Don’t worry….IT WON’T

    • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

      Agreed.. At least we have them at home to end the season.

  • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

    ESPN’s “Way too early” preseason rankings have UCLA at #7.

    Go Bruins!

  • Marc

    ASU on a Thursday night? That could be a tough one; those Thursday night road games are always odd.

    Washington late in the season? Considering all of the changes going on up there: new coach, new QB, new RB, new TE; one has to wonder how different that team will be from September to November.

    Stanford to close the season at home. hmmm…

    First of all, it’s on a Friday night. That really worked out well this past year (getting fans to the stadium).

    Second of all, when this happened just two seasons ago, the conference said that they would make every attempt to ensure that the season doesn’t end with North and South opponents playing each other. Yeah, okay.

    There aren’t any major pot holes here, It should be a slate that this experienced team should be able to navigate towards a 10+ win season.

  • gotroy22

    At Virginia in the steamy humidity, at Texas with the new coach, at ASU where you usually choke…the ruins could have 3 losses by October!

    • anno nimus

      4-8 for your trOJans in 2014.

    • Joe Blow

      Are you kidding???? NONE of the 3 opponents are in the ESPN pre season rankings and NONE got ANY votes at the end of this year. CREAM PUFF, baby. No wonder Mora didn’t want to go to a school that PLAYS football

      • Erik Dudley

        What preseason rankings are you talking about? If you are referring to the “Too Early To Count” rankings they posted that’s one guys weak opinion. Nothing official there. Please clarify where you are getting these rankings.

        • Joe Blow

          OH, SO you clowns are the only ones with OFFICIAL rankings

          • Erik Dudley

            YES!!! Send in Joe’s clowns!! I am fascinated with your clowns vs. dolts dichotomy, but I never mentioned any official rankings and if you were on top of your game you would have called those out who did instead of being the lemming you are.

          • Joe Blow

            Weak. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          • Erik Dudley

            Sad response. You’re better than that, Joe. Stop the copy and paste and engage that LAUSD brain of yours into something better suited. You claim to have gone to SC but your education isn’t showing.

          • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

            Oh Jojo, you are the one wearing the tights, pointy shoes, and floppy hat, Mr. Jester.

          • Joe Blow

            Now you’re getting personal

      • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

        Jojo dancing for his supper this evening. What a funny little court jester!

        • Joe Blow

          Sorry to say, but my dinner is served to me.

      • jameskatt

        UCLA plays football, obviously.

    • ApacheZulu

      Re:Joe Go Blow Troy

      You runts simply can’t stand behind your own squad without trying to talk smack about ours…The joke is on the two of you buffoons. Your commentaries are so pitifully worthless. Means nothing.

      If you ever played ball–knew about the spirit of competition you’d want your conference rival and Pac-12 brethren to be solid opponents–saving the prognostication and chatter until the days before your squad plays ours at the Rose Bowl.

      Bring your doggie bags, mutts!

  • anno nimus

    that’s an 11-1 record for the Bruins in 2014.

    • Joe Blow

      ROFLMAO. You should take over the Leno show. HILARIOUS.

  • 92104bruinfan

    The Pac schedule is brutal as always tho much nicer having Oregon, Stanford, and SC at home. No real gimmees here. The Texas game will all but be a home game for the Longhorns who should be improved under Strong with all that talent. Bruins haven’t won in Berkeley in forever tho that should change in 2014. At UW in early November will be rough. That all said, while many of these games are “loseable”, ALL of them are winnable with the current squad, coaching, and schedule. To get to the 4 game playoff starting, I’m guessing a Pac 12 conference title and no more than 1 loss probably does the trick…no small feat in the current Pac 12 with 9 conference games. Cheers to a solid off season in the weight room and signing another stellar class. Go Bruins!

  • UCLA Owns the Rose Bowl

    Thinking back to that press conference: And where is TJ Simers now, as compared to Jim Mora? The OC Register can have Mr. Simer’s and his fifth grade maturity level. LA will keep Mr. Mora, thank you very much.

  • drakejr

    Consecutive weeks without competition before Stanford? I’ll take it.

    • SKL

      Lol… Well done

  • john wolcott

    Ignore Joe Blow and he will go away?– SC tried that with your Bucket, and he is still irrationally badgering the Trojans and talking up Wolf, 3-years running now.

    ucla’s schedule is tough– Texas will be inspired with a new coach; ASU at home might be favored; Oregon is Oregon; Wash at home in November will be rainy and cold; SC and Stanford within 6 days is no walk in the park

    • http://amillennialist.blogspot.com Santiago Matamoros

      I’ve noticed a lot of responses to Charlie over at your site.

      Unlike Joe, Charlie isn’t mean and ugly (desirable traits in an offensive lineman, but in an anonymous internet commenter, they’re just offensive).

      And Charles makes me laugh.

      You’re right about the schedule; it’s never wise to take any opponent lightly.

  • Bigwoof1

    Hey, guys and gals. I check comments because a few of you have some views and information with some substance, (92104bruinfan’s posts are particularly good) including some things Jack is not aware of. However, when 90% of the comments are those of Mr. Blow or responses to them, mostly on a very infantile level, it’s a big turnoff. Since Blow cannot contain himself, how about the rest of you showing some Bruin Class and IGNORING AND NOT RESPONDING TO HIM.

    • Bruin 34

      I laugh at blows comments and hardly respond to him cause that is what he wants. But others keep feeding him. Not me.

  • Bruin 34

    Jack. Why no mention on the commitment of Tuioti Mariner?

  • Bruin 34

    For my fellow Bruins. We have been calling him a “surprise” recruit for a while, but we’re now prepared to reveal that Matt Dickerson, the 6-5, 260-pound defensive lineman from San Mateo (Calif.) Serra who is committed to Notre Dame, is seriously considering flipping to UCLA. Dickerson, a four-star prospect ranked the #21 defensive end in the country, committed to Notre Dame back in August. At the time it was a bit of a surprise, since it was believed UCLA was leading for him. Dickerson then appeared completely committed to Notre Dame, but once the buzz of the commitment wore off, the word is that he started reconsidering. UCLA’s Jim Mora and Defensive Line Coach Angus McClure had an in-home visit with Dickerson before the dead period. McClure is a very resourceful recruiter, especially in his region of Northern California; being from there McClure practically knows or is related to everyone involved in high school football. If you remember, the connections and relationships of “Uncle Angus” were instrumental in getting Eddie Vanderdoes last season. This would be the second Northern-Californian, Notre-Dame-committed defensive lineman in two years that UCLA and McClure has flipped.

  • Bruin 34

    Sources from BRO. We are prepared to reveal that Rashaan Evans, the #1-ranked outside linebacker in the nation from Auburn (Ala.), could unofficially visit UCLA the weekend of January 31st. Right now it’s a battle between UCLA and Auburn; most SEC-based sources are saying he’s sewn up for Auburn, but others are leaving open the option of UCLA since he has expressed a leaning toward the Bruins at times. He has already officially visited UCLA, and has plans to visit Alabama (Jan. 17th), Auburn and/or Georgia (Jan. 24th) and Ole Miss (Jan. 31st), with the Ole Miss visit obviously conflicting with a potential UCLA unofficial visit. It would be a tremendous coup, first, if UCLA could get that unofficial visit, since it’s UCLA’s biggest recruiting weekend, with the Louisiana Three visiting (In fact, the LT, we’ve heard, have been trying to compel Evans to take unofficial visit). Then the big coup would be if UCLA could actually get the signed NLI from Evans, after he ended January with official visits to an SEC gauntlet. UCLA Linebacker Coach Jeff Ulbrich, regardless of what happens, has done an excellent job in recruiting Evans (as well as pulling Whitley away from Alabama).

  • JayT

    Gotta beat ASU before thinking about a Stanford rematch.