UCLA football game day links: The (likely) finale

USC's defensive tackle Rasheem Green pressures UCLA's Mike Fafaul (Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily News/SCNG)

USC’s defensive tackle Rasheem Green pressures UCLA’s Mike Fafaul (Photo by Steve McCrank, Daily News/SCNG)

Pending a perfect storm of certain teams losing, UCLA winning and the Bruins accepting a potential bowl bid at 5-7, this will be the end of a mediocre football season in Westwood.

The Bruins (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) likely can’t salvage much from a season that was lost long ago with a win over Cal, but after limping to the finish line last year, going out on a high note could at least make the offseason the smallest bit easier.

UCLA will kick off against Cal (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) in Berkeley at 4 p.m. with the TV broadcast on ESPN2.

Pregame reading links:

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Bruins try to balance speed vs. efficiency

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In the past four games, UCLA has reverted back to its spread offense of old. The decision was due in part to the change at quarterback as Mike Fafaul had been in Noel Mazzone‘s offense for four years at UCLA prior to this season.

Kennedy Polamalu said since after the Washington State game, the Bruins have been operating mostly in within the spread offense, which meant a significant jump in tempo. That change in pace on offense had mixed results for the Bruins on both sides of the ball.

Here’s a look at how the change in offensive philosophy affected efficiency on both offense and defense: Continue reading

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