Countdown the days to UCLA’s season-opener against Texas A&M with key stats facing the Bruins this year.
10 receiving touchdowns by Thomas Duarte last year, which led the team
9 returning starters on defense
8th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense last year
7 second-half turnovers for Josh Rosen last year
6 different starting combinations on the offensive line in 2015
5 straight losses to Stanford under head coach Jim Mora
4 different players attempted at least one punt last year
3 home losses to unranked teams in the past two years
2 straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons for Paul Perkins
1 LOSS IN THE MONTHS OF SEPTERMBER AND AUGUST FOR MORA
Under Mora, the Bruins are quick out of the gates. UCLA owns a 15-1 record in the months of August and September during the past four seasons. The one loss was to Oregon State at home in 2012, Mora’s first year.
It’s possible that UCLA’s academic calendar contributes to the hot starts. UCLA doesn’t start school until the end of September because the school is on a quarter system. Semester-system schools, like USC, start class in late August. Continue reading “By the numbers countdown to kickoff: 1 day” »