With 12 days until UCLA takes the stage at Pac-12 Media Days at Hollywood and Highland, it’s about time we start looking ahead to football season. Each day, we’ll examine a UCLA opponent and outline possible storylines for the matchup. Let’s start from the top:
Texas A&M at UCLA
Sunday, Sept. 3 | Rose Bowl
4 p.m. PT, FOX
The heat rises under Kevin Sumlin’s seat as Texas A&M’s record remains the same. The Aggies have had three straight 8-5 seasons and have yet to win a division title entering their sixth year in the SEC.
Strong starts followed by consistent November collapses have doomed the Aggies (8-5, 4-4 SEC in 2016) to mediocrity. Texas A&M’s upset victory over then-No. 16 UCLA in the season opener last year propelled the Aggies to a No. 4 ranking in the first College Football Playoff rankings before they went 1-3 in November and lost the Texas Bowl to Kansas State.
Flooded with questions at SEC Media Days about his job security, Sumlin said he already feels the most pressure to win from himself.
“Nobody wants to win more than me,” the head coach said this past week.