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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UCLA links: Bruin commit Jaelan Phillips’ star on the rise

Redlands East Valley's Jaelin Phillips. (Terry Pierson/staff)

Redlands East Valley’s Jaelan Phillips. (Terry Pierson/staff)

UCLA commit Jaelan Phillips shined at The Opening earlier this month, earning recognition as one of the top five defensive linemen at the elite recruiting camp. Phillips, a weakside defensive end from Redlands East Valley, talked with our friends at the Press-Enterprise about his rise to recruiting stardom, choosing UCLA and his lofty college goals.

“It’s home to me; my dad went to UCLA, so I’m a legacy and I’ve been a huge Bruin fan all my life,” Phillips said. “Getting to know the coaches and the players, I just really felt like part of the family.

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Rick Neuheisel suggests UCLA a good fit for Big 12 expansion

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel wasn't happy with Jim Mora calling his old Bruin teams "soft." (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said UCLA should be interested in the Big 12. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel said in an interview on Sirius XM College Sports Nation that UCLA might be a good fit for the Big 12, which is looking to expand.

“Just as Texas A&M wanted to branch away from Texas, I wouldn’t be surprised to see UCLA say, ‘You know what? We don’t want to deal with this USC thing. We’re going to be our own guy,'” the former coach said Wednesday. “It wouldn’t shock me at all.” Continue reading

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UCLA 2016 schedule preview: BYU

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen had three first-half turnovers against BYU last year, but the Bruins bounced back to win at the Rose Bowl. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen had three first-half turnovers against BYU last year, but the Bruins bounced back to win at the Rose Bowl. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Continuing the look at UCLA’s 2016 schedule, here is a breakdown of the Bruins’ third opponent of the year, BYU.

UCLA at BYU
Saturday, Sept. 17 | LaVell Edwards Stadium
7:15 p.m. PT, ESPN or ESPN2

2015 in review

The Cougars lost starting quarterback Taysom Hill in the first game, but had a more than capable backup in Tanner Mangum. Mangum threw game-winning Hail Marys in back-to-back games to start the year before UCLA edged BYU with a 24-23 win on Sept. 20 at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins came back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and overcame three first-half turnovers from Josh Rosen, thanks to a shining performance from running back Paul Perkins (219 yards, 26 carries). BYU finished with a 9-4 record and a loss to Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. Continue reading

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UCLA links: Takkarist McKinley named one of college football’s funniest players

Takkarist McKinley (right) pressures quarterback Josh Rosen out of the pocket. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)

Takkarist McKinley (right) pressures quarterback Josh Rosen out of the pocket. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova // Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)

ESPN ranked the funniest players in college football and UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley checked in at No. 22. The senior notably tried to bribe former teammate Kenny Clark with sandwiches to stay at UCLA last year to no avail. McKinley is also the favorite social media follow (on Twitter at @D1BoundTakk) of offensive lineman Conor McDermott. 

Other links:

  • In case you missed it, here’s the beginning of the schedule preview: Texas A&M and UNLV
  • The News Gazette is ranking its top 50 teams with UCLA at No. 16. The newspaper is also predicting a Rose Bowl appearance for the Bruins.
  • Jordan Brevin, a four-star TE in the class of 2018, had UCLA in his top 10 last night

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