No. 12 UCLA Bruins (2-0) vs. Texas Longhorns (1-1)
Kickoff: 5:15 p.m. PT, AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
TV: FOX (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Molly McGrath)
Radio: 1150 KTLK (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)
Coach: The defensive coordinator during Florida’s 2006 and 2008 BCS title runs, Charlie Strong coached Louisville for four seasons — finishing his tenure there with a 12-1 campaign. He is one of the few black head coaches in college football. He quickly began cleaning house at Texas, ostensibly to reshape what had become a lax program in the latter years of Mack Brown.
Strong kicked eight Longhorns off the team — including two who were charged with felony sexual assault — and suspended four more. Those still missing include offensive tackles Kennedy Estelle, who started eight games as a sophomore, and Desmond Harrison.
QB Tyrone Swoopes, So., 6-4, 243 — 20/31, 176 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 7 carries, 7 rushing yards
– Only ever practiced with the second-team offense until starting quarterback David Ash suffered another concussion. The former four-star dual-threat prospect looked capable, but not exceptional in his first start of his career. The team hasn’t trusted him to throw deep often.
RB Johnathan Gray, Jr., 5-11, 215 — 30 carries, 129 yards
– Was on track to be Texas’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2007 before tearing his Achilles last November. The former five-star recruit insists he hasn’t lost a step after rushing for 1,481 yards and seven scores in the last two seasons. Continue reading