Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talks about what went wrong in the second quarter, what UCLA does to practice tackling during the week and what the Bruins need to do better.
UCLA’s losing streak to Stanford is almost at double digits. The Bruins have lost nine in a row, a skid that predates head coach Jim Mora, and get their annual chance to snap it at Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Stanford Stadium. The mighty Cardinal have looked vulnerable in the past two weeks. They lost to USC and San Diego State, giving up 478 combined rushing yards in those games.
The TV broadcast is on ESPN with Mark Jones (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline). Radio is on AM 1150 with Josh Lewin (play-by-play), Matt Stevens (analyst) and Wayne Cook (sideline).
Here is all your pregame reading:
- UCLA is free from Christian McCaffrey and now has to deal with Bryce Love
- Scouting report with my game prediction
- Pregame graph: What does UCLA have to do to win?
- From the San Jose Mercury News: Matt Dickerson is coming home
- From earlier this week:
- The defense goes back to the drawing board
- Despite its recent struggles, Stanford is still Stanford to UCLA
- From USC walk-on to top target, what Caleb Wilson is doing to maximize his role at UCLA
- This one matters to Mora
- Youth is no excuse for poor effort from linebackers
- Answers to your questions this week
- On Stanford:
Of the many statistical battles that contribute to the outcome of a football game, UCLA has identified four main ones that contribute to wins: turnovers, explosive plays, sacks and red-zone trips.
Head coach Jim Mora said Wednesday the UCLA staff has studied years of games in the Pac-12 and found that the teams with fewer turnovers and more explosive gains win more than 90 percent of the time. Mora added that sacks and red-zone trips are the third and fourth most-significant contributing factors, respectively, according to the program’s research.
So as the Bruins try yet again to snap their losing streak to Stanford, here’s a look at UCLA’s performance against the Cardinal during Mora’s tenure with regard to his four key statistical categories: Continue reading “Pregame graph: The game(s) within the game” »