UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Washington State

Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) reacts after scoring the go ahead touchdown against UCLA in the fourth quarter during a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Washington State won 31-27. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks (9) reacts after scoring the go-ahead touchdown against UCLA in the fourth quarter at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Washington State won 31-27. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ sixth opponent, Washington State.

UCLA at Washington State

Saturday, Oct. 15 | Martin Stadium

2015 in review

Washington State had its most successful season in more than a decade in 2015 as it finished 9-4 (6-3 Pac-12) with big wins over Oregon and UCLA. The Cougars had not had more than six wins in a year since 2003, when it went 10-3 and was ranked No. 9 in the nation at season’s end. WSU turned a three-point deficit into a four-point win over UCLA in 69 seconds as quarterback Luke Falk led a 75-yard game-winning touchdown drive to upset the Bruins on Nov. 14 at the Rose Bowl. It was the first time in 31 straight games under head coach Jim Mora that the Bruins lost when leading at halftime. UCLA’s 13 penalties were a season high for the Bruins. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Arizona State

Arizona State linebacker Antonio Longino (32) pressures UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) in the second half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Arizona State won 38-23. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Arizona State linebacker Antonio Longino (32) pressures UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) in the second half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Arizona State won 38-23. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ fifth opponent, Arizona State.

UCLA at Arizona State

Saturday, Oct. 8 | Sun Devil Stadium

2015 in review

Arizona State fell well short of head coach Todd Graham’s preseason championship talk, finishing the year at 6-7 overall (4-5 Pac-12). The Sun Devils knocked off then-No. 7 UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 3 in likely Arizona State’s best win of the season. UCLA’s defensive injuries finally caught up with the team and the offense didn’t click. The Bruins were held to just 62 rushing yards. Continue reading

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Four-star DE Hunter Echols decommits from UCLA

UCLA lost another early commit Friday as four-star weakside defensive end Hunter Echols withdrew his pledge to the Bruins.

The Cathedral High product is the latest early commit of the class of 2017 to decommit from UCLA as safety Rhedi Short and athlete Rahyme Johnson also turned back on their commitments in May.

Echols recently received an offer from LSU. He was a finalist at The Opening, where he told reporters that he was actively recruiting other players to join him in Westwood.

The Bruins still have four commits in the 2016 class: DE Jaelan Phillips, OG Kanan Ray, DB/WR Jeffrey Manning Jr., and JUCO OT Ronald Rudd III.

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Arizona

UCLA running back Paul Perkins (24) stiff-arms Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

UCLA running back Paul Perkins (24) stiff-arms Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ fourth opponent, Arizona.

UCLA vs. Arizona
Saturday, Oct. 1 | Rose Bowl

2015 in review

In one year, Arizona (7-6 overall, 3-6 Pac-12 in 2015) went from Pac-12 South champions to a lowly fifth place, only above Colorado. The Bruins gave up a season-high 353 rushing yards to Arizona last year, but still came away with the win on Sept. 26 because Arizona’s defense was even worse than UCLA’s. The Wildcats gave up six (!) rushing touchdowns during that game and two more through the air while the Bruins ran away with a comfortable 56-30 win. Arizona was 10th in the conference in yardage and points allowed last year and revamped the entire defensive coaching staff. Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: Stanford

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) runs past UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams (1) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) runs past UCLA defensive back Ishmael Adams (1) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ conference opener: Stanford.

UCLA vs. Stanford

Saturday, Sept. 24 | Rose Bowl

2015 in review

Stanford capped off the 2015 season with another Pac-12 championship and a Rose-Bowl rout demolition of Iowa. Business as usual for the Cardinal in recent years. Stanford ran all over UCLA on Oct. 15 in a 56-35 victory at Stanford Stadium that still stings for UCLA players. Christian McCaffrey rushed for 243 yards as UCLA gained only 181 total yards on the ground as a team. Josh Rosen was sacked three times and threw two interceptions as Stanford led 56-20 after the third quarter. Continue reading

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