This is not the season UCLA had expected.
Popularly touted as a national title contender through most of the summer, the Bruins no longer even look like a conference contender. They started the season by stumbling through three unconvincing nonconference wins, getting by with timely plays despite some lackluster overall numbers. After a bye week, UCLA briefly found itself — storming out to a 62-27 rout at then-No. 15 Arizona State and bouncing back into the top 10 of the AP poll.
Reality hit a week later. Utah gashed the Bruins on the ground and won 30-28 at the Rose Bowl. On Saturday, Oregon followed that with a 42-30 victory over UCLA that never felt close.
Now unranked with even a Pac-12 South division title far from guaranteed, Bruin head coach Jim Mora told the media who to blame.
“Just remember whenever you write anything, that the guy that should get all the blame is me,” he said Sunday. Continue reading